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ONE DAY AS A LION

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It’s hard not to have a rush of blood to potentially embarrassing parts of the body when looking at the line-up for Soundwave, but somehow the organisers have crammed more tasty artists to join the massive line-up headlined by Iron Maiden, Slayer, Queens Of The Stone Age etc. Leading the final announcement is One Day As A Lion featuring RATM’s Zack de la Rocha and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, and they’ll be joined by recent visitors Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon, horror punks Murderdolls, metal monster Dimmu Borgir, punks Millencolin performing Pennybridge Pioneers, prog rockers Coheed & Cambria, plus The Amity Affliction, Feeder, H2O, The Rocket Summer, Saxon, Silverstein, Fucked Up and We The Kings. Monday 7 March at Steel Blue Oval = MASSIVE! Tickets from www. soundwavefestival.com, Ticketek and Oztix.

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Spending their New Years party period in Perth this year is hip hop funk royalty Arrested Development. The seven-piece outfit will be mixing new songs with classics such as Mr Wendall and People Everyday at two very special shows. First they headline Funk Club’s Countdown To New Years Eve Extravaganza at Salt On The Beach on Friday 31 December. Also playing that show are the Gentlemen Of Leisure featuring NFA (1200 Techniques), Manchild and Charlie Bucket, plus The Brow Horn Orchestra and a lone DJ set from Bucket. Tickets go on sale this Tuesday 28 September for $80 plus BF from funkclub.com.au for Funk Club members, or $90 plus BF for general admission and $140 plus BF for VIP tickets from Heatseeker, Planet and Mills. Then on Saturday 1 January, Arrested Development now join Bag Raiders, Sambalicious, Micah, Will Udall and Andy Sadler at the Flying Squadron Yacht Club for the Cuban Club, with tickets from lloydevents.com and perthnow.com.au.

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With Winterbeatz and Supafest already packing massive crowds this year, Paperchase Touring and Jive return with another massive urban/pop bill with Summerbeatz. Headlined by the one and only Flo Rida, he’ll be spinning right round with chart topping sensation Jay Sean, Grammy nominated hip hopper Soulja Boy, Gym Class Hero frontman and solo star Travie McCoy, Australian Idol Stan Walker and urban DJ extraordinaire Nino Brown. It all takes in Burswood Dome on Tuesday 23 November from 6pm with tickets available from Ticketek now if you have a Visa card, online from Tuesday 28 September, or for everyone on Thursday 30. 10 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

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Dreaming of VIP entry to summer’s hottest festivals? Sunset Events’ Double Platinum Pass will see one person with VIP entry and serious AAA benefits to ten festivals this summer including One Movement, Stereosonic, Club Paradiso, Southbound, Laneway, West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots, Creamfields and Groovin The Moo! Plus the winner gets to meet artists, backstage tours, after party access and accommodation to festivals down south. Head to sunsetevents. com.au for more info. Entries close October 1. It’s time to mark Sunday 12 December in your diary because that’s the day the Perth Dance Music Awards parties down at the Rosmemount Hotel. Presented by Drum Media and now in its 12th year, there will be over 30 categories covering every niche you can think of, including the much loved Best Photo. For more info, head to perthdancemusicawards. org and start thinking about who you’ll be nominating. With $500, sparkling new Pioneer headphones and a Stereosonic set up for grabs, the Into The Limelite DJ Competition returns in 2010. Open to new, un-established DJs playing big room house, electro, tribal tech and classics, competitors play 20-minute sets at Metro Freo from Friday 5 ‘til Friday 26 November. To enter send a brief bio, photo and 20-30 minute mix to mel@limelite.com. au by October 15. On the subject of winners, congrats to those who scored big in the ITM50. WA’s Top 5 consisted of: 1. Micah (ranked 32 nationally) 2. Jus Haus? (37) 3. Darren J (50) 4. Pendulum and 5. Philly Blunt. Festival wise, Stereosonic took out top place while Future Music Festival got the silver. Japan4 was voted #1 club night, again, while Limelite banged home at #2. Pendulum also got second best track in Watercolour. More results: inthemix. com.au/50/2010. With our editorial staff’s credit limit stretched thanks to unhealthy vinyl obsessions, Perth Record Fair takes in Victoria Park Rec Centre this Sunday 26 September, with the $2 entry fee going to Radio Lollipop at PMH. Kanye West’s finishing a video clip for his new single Runaway and, at 40-minutes long, it will be the longest video clip ever, beating out Michael Jackson’s Ghosts by mere seconds.

MAMA KIN

ALMOST NO ROOM TO MOVE!

With only a couple of weekends to go, the One Movement For Music festival and conference is still evolving with a few new artist initiatives announced. A hit last year, the APRA Cross Cultural Songwriting Collaboration Project returns with our own Mama Kin teaming up with India’s Raghu Dixit to record a song before performing it at the music festival on Saturday 9 October. The Australian Indigenous Music Scholarship’s finalists have been announced with Victoria’s Lady Lash, WA’s Jake & The Cowboys, Karbage & Darknis from South Australia and Queensland’s The Medics all playing a showcase at the festival with opportunities to follow. The One Movement Fringe Festival also returns giving more than 60 WA bands and beyond the opportunity to play the streets of Perth during the festivities. After thousands of submissions, the winners have been announced in the Triple J Unearthed competition with Stonefield (Unearthed High winners), Kyu (NSW), Crash The Curb (ACT), Grenadiers (SA), Jess Ribiero & The Bone Collectors (NT), The Melodics (Vic), New Saxons (Tas) and our own Sons Of Rico and The Honey Month now getting the opportunity to play the weekend festival and their own showcase gig. Plus Channel [V] has also contributed, adding Perth’s Wolves to the weekend festival. On the business side of things, the final speakers have been added to the One Movement Creative Industries Dialogue with Aussies Rob Buckler (iiNet), Tanya Denning (National Indigenous Television), Larry Lopez (RedDog Capital Partners) and Aidan O’Bryan (WBMC) added. Throwing their hats into the panelist pool for MUSEXPO Asia Pacific are Tim Riley (Activision/Blizzard), Nori Tsuzuki (Any Sound Inc), Shaw Saltzberg (SL Feldman & Associates), Folkert Koopmans (FKP Scorpio), Keith Cahoon (Hotwire KK) and the great Seymour Stein (Sire Records). For all the information you need, including conference program times, head to onemovementmusic.com. Proudly presented by Drum Media, the excitement runs non-stop from Wednesday 6 ‘til Sunday 10 October.

SPRING CLEANING

This year the Ministry Of Sound Clubbers Guide To Spring will take over five WA venues in October with the big gig happening at Villa on Friday 29 October headlined by D.Ramirez, Anna Lunoe, John Course and Shazam. MOS also takes the party regional with Course and Klaus Hill taking in Busselton’s Royal Palms Resort on Friday 8 October and Kalgoorlie Hotel on Saturday 9; while Lunoe and Hook N Sling play All Seasons in Karratha on Friday 8 and Port Hedland’s Walkabout Hotel on Saturday 9.

THE GUINCH BEFORE XMAS

Hailing from Barcelona, El Guincho plays his own unique brand of mesmerising, melodic, sample driven and Latinflavoured nostalgic pop music that’s been compared to Animal Collective and Os Mutantes. His new album Pop Negro is a blissful world beat pop explosion, a booming, sonic masterpiece. A member of Coconuts, the man known to his mum as Padlo Diaz-Reixa takes in The Bakery on Friday 17 December with his band. Support from smRts, Naik and DJ Rex Monsoon, tickets $39 plus BF from nowbaking.com.au, 78’s, Planet and Mills.

IGNITION

With their new album Ignite released tomorrow, New Zealand’s finest protagonists of balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll Shihad are heading west. Released through Roadrunner Records, Ignite has been described as a collection of slow spiralling heavy grooves. With Emperors in support and proudly supported by Drum Media, Shihad play the Prince Of Wales on Thursday 25 November; Rosemount on Friday 26; Indi Bar on Saturday 27 and Mojo’s on Sunday 28. Tickets from Heatseeker, Star, Planet and Mills.

YOU’VE GOT THE TOUCH

With their second EP titled 1.1, Adelaide dance punks The Touch drop into Perth to play Rocket Room on Friday 15 October and the Norfolk Basement on Saturday 16. The EP was produced by former Gerling frontman Darren Cross and is out on October 1 with a bonus CD containing eight remixes.


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There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we ain’t just talking about the fact one time Eagle Chris Judd obviously channelled the spirit of Perth at the Brownlow the other night… right? The lads from Hand Stands For Ants are set to record an album. But this is no ordinary task… They’ve rented a shop in the Enex 100 building in the city and turned it into a makeshift recording studio. With feature artists and producers coming in as well as VJs and graphic artists, it all happens from Monday 4 ‘til Sunday 17 October, so bring your headphones to plug in and listen! The New Sound will be a weekly night at the Swan Lounge offering new bands a gig. Well 20 bands have been announced for the first month of shows and here they are: The Branson Tramps, Pigeon, Noisepoppy and Calectsia on Friday 1 October; Sanur Dogs, The Espeys, Cold Fate and Jake & The Cowboys on Friday 8; Third Wind, The Lammas Tide, Dapper Dan and Goose on Friday 15; Enfilade, Ticket 4 Two, Iafighter and Fantz Cops on Friday 22; 44th Sunset, The Dirty Western, Moonfolk & The Sunpeople and Ashoka on Friday 29 October. Local rockabillies Rocket To Memphis head to New York City next week to record their new album with Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash. Planned for release early next year, they’ll stop by Japan for shows before being welcomed home by the Monster’s Ball at Fly By Night on Saturday 30 October and a special Halloween edition of the Martini Club at Devilles Pad on Sunday 31. Simply one of the hottest properties in drum’n’bass, ShockOne is set to launch his much anticipated The Re-Fix EP at Shape on Friday 8 October. Featuring remixes of his mega-hit Polygon, he’s recruited Ekko & Sidetrack, Sardi, Jazza, Kit Pop and MCs Bear, Rtilary, Xsessiv and Tenacity in support. $10/5 from 10pm. Saturday 2 October sees Challenger Ready return to Ambar offering a night of b2b action: Blend vs. Devo, Marty McFly vs. Bezwan, Oli vs. M!spr!nt, Mono Lisa vs. Mach-1 and Micah vs. The Pearly Whites. The X-Wray Café opens its doors to Perth underground rap with Chilltowns Finest, featuring Delirious, Original Fortune, Raymond ft. Speakeasy and Slackjaw, and DJs AZ and Rob Shaker on Saturday 9 October. Spring In The Valley comes alive at Mash Brewery as DJs Cinnamon and Hustler do their thing on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October. $10 tickets from Mash Swan Valley and Moshtix. They return to the venue along with DJ Moosh on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October. Perth young guns the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra collaborate with WAYJO alumnus and Hip Mo Toast/Perth Jazz Orchestra/One For All Big Band man Adrian Kelly at a swingin’ concert at The Ellington on Sunday 3 October at 3.30pm. Tell us all about your upcoming launch, tour or news by emailing music@drumperth.com.au.

COLLECTIVE TRIPPERS

Featuring four of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz improvisers, The Antripodean Collective create unique and powerful improvised music. Made up of Scott Tinkler, John Rodgers, Ken Edies and Marc Hannaford, the Collective take in The Ellington on Sunday 17 October. Tickets from the venue for $15/12/10.

PROPA GLITCH

If it’s a midweek breakbeat bash you’re after, Glitch Step at Bar Open on Wednesday 6 October is what you’re after. With Propa Tingz from San Fran, the man also known as BreakBeatBuddha plays a clash of Bay Area hyphy, dirty south crunk, UK bass and glitch. See him with J.Nitrous, Skahna and Skittlez for $15 entry.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Following on from their recent tour to launch War In My Kitchen, reggae fiends Direct Influence have plotted their return. With such hits as Final Word and For My People featuring Dan Sultan, the lads now even have an iPhone app! See them at Settlers Tavern on Friday 1 October; Indi Bar on Saturday 2 with Leeuwin and Timbre Terrorists; and Mojo’s on Sunday 3 with Timbre Terrorists. Margaret River show is free, others are $10.

SEVEN WONDERS

Friday 15 October sees an international dubstep double header hit Shape with Babylon System and Seven. The California-based Babylon System are responsible for such tunes as Examination Of Time and Loaded, which feature their trademark aggressive, ragga influenced sound. London’s Seven has Skream on his side, and is becoming one of the scene’s most prolific artists. Support from Killafoe & J.Nitrous, Vishnu and Rekab, $25 plus BF from Planet, Mills, DJ Factory and Shape.

Imagine heading to Scarborough Beach this summer only to be greeted by top class DJs, live acts and quality drinks in a licensed outdoor venue. Well, look forward no more because Sets On The Beach will offer just that. On Sunday 5 December, Sunday 16 January and Sunday 27 March, the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre will be shut off from the general public for afternoons of beaty

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The project of former Freo singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Josh Johnstone, Joppy released his debut album Plastic Disease For The Lonely through Kid Audio and the man who now calls Melbourne home is coming back. Catch Joppy, who also fronts The Happy Endings, at Norfolk Basement on Saturday 23 October.

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With second album Friends For Life released in May, east coast blues and roots band Marshall & The Fro head west for their very first tour in these parts: Dongara’s Priory Hotel on Friday 15 October; Geraldton’s Freemasons on Saturday 16; Manhattans on Sunday 17; Charles Hotel for PBC on Tuesday 19; Indi Bar on Wednesday 20; Mojo’s on Thursday 21; Vancouver Arts Centre on Friday 22; Nannup Hotel on Saturday 23; and Redcliffe On The Murray on Sunday 24 October.

GOOD SEEDS

On Friday 15 October, Rosemount Hotel will see Perth’s finest pay tribute to a legend with An Ode To Nick Cave. With countless gems to choose from, the night will see Will Stoker, Laith Tyranny, Ruby Boots & Paul McCarthy, James Teague, Selk Hastings, Tim Bott of One Tiger Down, Emma Margaret of Cat Black and industry perthonalities Harvey Rae & Vive Oldham at the mic, all backed by players from The Scotch Of Saint James, Project Mayhem, The Jackards and heaps more. Plus Tree and Wolves At The Door open. $15 presales from odetonickcave.epicevent.com/buytix.

Proudly presented by Drum Media, Sound Spectrum: Tomorrow The World takes in Velvet Lounge from Tuesday 5 ‘til Thursday 7 October and will showcase WAAPA’s Composition & Music Technology students. With new works from Callum G’Frorer, Adam Trainer, Kynan Tan, Cam George and heaps more, entry is free from 3/4pm until late to this very unique event. Check the story on pg.14 for more info.

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Having spent much of 2010 recording and touring overseas, Melbourne trio My Disco will be embarking on an extensive Australian tour to reveal their third upcoming album Little Joy. Their bare bones approach returns on Little Joy, which is both expansive yet minimal, and is a compressed expression of vast emotions known to blow the minds of mortals. Proudly presented by Drum Media, My Disco play Amplifier on Saturday 11 December with Eleventh He Reaches London and Injured Ninja, then Mojo’s on Sunday 12 with The Tigers and Erasers. Tickets from Moshtix and lifeisnoise.com.

FESTIVE BARONS

With much anticipated new EP Knots And Tangles due October 1, Victoria’s victorious The Barons Of Tang head out on a launch tour stoping by Friday 12 November at Manhattans; Saturday 13 at Fremantle Music Festival Club; and on Sunday 14 at the Fremantle Music Festival itself, all proudly presented by Drum Media. Wait, could this mean a new festival is coming to our port city? Prep for more details soon.

SIGHT TO SEA

Sporadically coming together to remind us of the days of yore, The Cruel Sea head to Perth for one magic show at The Astor in Mount Lawley. With a swag of ARIA Awards to their name including two for best group and one each for best single, album and song of the year, Tex Perkins and the boys will play such classics as The Honeymoon Is Over and Better Get A Lawyer on Saturday 30 October. Tickets $55 from Bocs.

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Last seen at the marvellous Southbound festival earlier this year, Kaki King won a slew of new fans thanks to her mastery of the guitar and sweet indie sounds. With her latest offering Junior picking up much acclaim, the Brooklynite returns to WA for a show at the Fly By Night on Sunday 21 November. Tickets $35 plus BF from the venue or $40 on the door.

B’DAY FORCE

Committed to bringing you the harder edges of breaks, electro and tech, Force Majeure returns to Ambar on Friday 8 October with two monster international acts to celebrate their second b’day. Uncompromisingly tearing and tough breaks maestros Crtl-Z have over 50 releases on labels such as Lot 59, Passenger and Rat and, described as gut-wrenchingly intense, Canada-by-way-of-the-UK’s Lazy Rich knows how to get a dancefloor pumping. Local support from Philly Blunt, Mono Lisa and more. Earlybirds $20 from Boomtick Shop, then $25 from Moshtix.

HOCK A LOOGIE

Two of Australia’s most electrifying hip hop acts are joining forces for The Wildside Tour. Longtime collaborators The Tongue and Spit Syndicate are both at the top of their game, and now you can see them together at Rocket Room on Thursday 11 November; Mojo’s on Friday 12; and Albany’s Studio 146 on Saturday 13. The Tongue will be celebrating the release of new album Alternative Energy with his DJ and three time NSW DMC champ Skoob and Joyride, while the Syndicate are still coming down from their own Starry Eyed Tour. Tickets from New World Artists, Oztix, Heatseeker and Moshtix.

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A THREE DAY MINI FESTIVAL OF NEW AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, AMBIENT, NOISE AND LAPTRONICA TAKES OVER THE VELVET LOUNGE FOR WAAPA’S TOMORROW THE WORLD. CURATOR CAT HOPE TALKS TO MATTHEW HOGAN.

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howcasing all the different works of WAAPA’s Composition & Music Technology students, Sound Spectrum: Tomorrow The World takes in the Velvet Lounge for three days of music that you’ve never heard before. Curated by WAAPA’s coordinator of Composition & Music Technology, Cat Hope, she says there’s more to Tomorrow The World than just three days of peace, love and music. “The events that take place in the three days aren’t just for the public; they’re also students who are being assessed,” she begins. “I think it’s also a great experience for them to have their assessments open to the public so they can get their friends and garner support for what they’re doing in a public venue. It’s a range of different stuff; there’s stuff from the Certificate IV students through to honours and post grad students across all the different elements of the course work they do at WAAPA, which is composition, recording, mixing, mastering, 5.1 film music and the interpretation of seminal works as well.” Having been involved at WAAPA since 2004, Hope says there will be about 50 students strutting their stuff, but not all of it is in the experimental vein that she been championing around Perth for many years. “A lot of our students aren’t particularly interested in experimental music, although I would encourage them to be,” she laughs. “The idea at WAAPA is that we support people and the music that they want to make, and we try to expose them to as much different music as we can. A lot of students want to actually write songs, some of them want to make film music like John

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Williams does; other ones just want try out different ideas – we’ve got students that are making hip hop stuff, we’ve got one student making a hip hopera, a hip hop opera, and then we have other ones that are making ambient music with laptops and audio visual combinations and people creating scores for really odd combinations of instruments.” Kicking off midafternoon on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October, the less experienced musicians take the stage first with more advanced students performing later in the night until 10pm. Hope sounds like there’s some seriously exciting music coming out of her course that will be on offer at Tomorrow The World. “One evening we’ve got Callum Gfrorer, who’s a trumpet graduate, who has commissioned a whole bunch of new pieces for trumpet and electronics,” she says. “That’s probably at the real advanced end of what the students are doing here. Then we have first year surround sound works and they’re always really interesting – they’re three minutes each and there’s about 20 of them

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and that’s a different thing again. And then there’s also a program which is curated by the students themselves with the music that they want to do. So there’s lot of different styles of things, but it’s not curated each day with a different theme – it’s really all mixed up all over.” WAAPA has a reputation for training top actors, dancers and broadcasters, and Hope says there’s countless musos coming out of her relatively new course as well. “We had our first graduates last because by the time I got here, wrote [the course] and it started, this is only the fourth year that this course has been running,” she explains. “Kynan Tan is an honour student of ours at the moment, but we’ve got students in related courses in Birds Of Tokyo, one of our students is in Injured Ninja, and the list goes on. There’s a whole range of different things but we haven’t many graduates yet because, as I said, it’s only the fourth year. We had one student, Brett Murray, who’s gone on to do installations with Guy Ben-Ary, so he’s travelling around the world doing that. There’s a few that have turned up in different places.” It’s that time of year when applications are open for WAAPA intake in 2011, and Hope is nice enough to offer advice to those thinking of auditioning. “If you wanna study composition or music tech, the fundamentals that we teach here are in classical music or jazz, so you need to be either able to read music in either one of those general streams or you can go to Musgroves or somewhere and get a theory book and work it out,” she suggests. “We offer support to students who excel in their creative practice but maybe struggle in notation and music theory. But generally you have to have a bunch of great ideas and be writing your music and doing something with it. I guess we’re just interested in people who are trying to figure out the different options for themelves and are ready to try different things. And it’s a very collaborative course at WAAPA, so get ready to write for film, gaming, theatre and dance students in addition to your own stuff, but we don’t have any specifics about genre – you’ve really just got to be in love with music.” WAAPA Music Technology and Composition Students’ Tomorrow The World takes place at the Velvet Lounge on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 from 3/4pm until 9/10pm at the Velvet Lounge in Mount Lawley and entry is free. Head to waapa.ecu.edu.au for more information.

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After many delays, Amy Meredith have released their debut album. The trials and soul searching behind the album were covered in last week’s issue when Drum caught up with frontman Christian Lo Russo. They’ve just finished a national tour in support of Grinspoon and now they head off on their own. The five-piece take in Mojo’s tonight, Thursday 23 September; The Players Club, Mandurah on Friday 24; and wrap up the WA leg on Saturday 25 at Amplifier. To pick up one of TWO prize packs - each including a double pass to the Amplifier show and two copies of the Restless album email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “YOUNG & RESTLESS” in the subjectline. Enter quick – it’s first in, best dressed. The godfather of Ethio-Jazz, Mulatu Astatke heads to town after well talked about sold-out sets at the Melbourne Jazz Festival earlier this year. On Friday 8 October, Astatke will be backed by 10-piece ensemble The Black Jesus Experience to magically blend traditional and Ethiopian rhythms with a myriad of other influences, just as he has over the last four decades. To pick up one of THREE double passes to The Bakery show, email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “MULATHANKU” in the subjectline. It’s scary how many albums Nick Skitz has put out and just when you think you’ve got your head around the number over the uber-prolific producer, he pops up with another one. This weekend he’s at Rise, launching Skitzmix 35. Thirty five! To pick up one of FIVE copies of Skitzmix 35 and complete your set for now… email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “SKITZOPHRENIC” in the subjectline.


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UNDRESSING THE DIVIDES ON HAYLEY’S IPOD Wondering what Hayley Williams was listening to around the time of their tour announcement? Drum was there, and she was all about the new one from Sacramento’s legendary hard rockers, Deftones. “Yeah, I’ve been listening to Deftones, Diamond Eyes. It’s sooo good, I mean if you’re a Deftones fan, I don’t really know how their hardcore fans feel about it, but I know I’ve been listening to them since I was like 13, and I love this album. I think it’s great, it’s actually produced by a guy that worked with us on a song for I Caught Myself, for the Twilight soundtrack and I can just, oh man. I can hear him in it, I think he did a great job working with Deftones. I dunno, the sound’s great on it, the vocals, of course, sound gorgeous and aggressive as ever, I’m really into it.”

ONE OF THE BIGGEST ROCK BANDS IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, PARAMORE’S VOCALIST HAYLEY WILLIAMS IS FRONT AND CENTRE OF THE CHARGE. WITH ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST TOURS TO DATE LOOMING, SCOTT FITZSIMONS TAKES A LOOK AT THE BAND’S RISE AND THE VARIOUS HIGHS OF THEIR “UNDERDOG” FRONTGIRL’S RIDE SO FAR, AND THAT UNDERDRESSED LOW.

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t didn’t really come out of nowhere, but the rate at which Paramore rose to international fame on the back of their track Decode – promoted as the lead track for the first Twilight soundtrack, then appearing as a bonus on their own album – was astonishing. Of course, everything associated with the film franchise has enjoyed a huge amount of exposure, and Paramore themselves had a strong cult following with their second and breakout record Riot! (debut All We Know Is Falling didn’t make it to Australia until after), but these days they’re virtually a household name and a staple around high school grounds across Australia. Pushing the post-emo scene from the front, leading the Tennessee five-piece is one Hayley Williams, the energetic, flame-haired 21-year-old who’s become the poster girl for the bedrooms of both male and female teens the world over. Touring with Soundwave earlier this year, for a large portion of revellers they were the band to see, and it was only a matter of time when their heavy touring itinerary opened up long enough for them to return. Talking down the line from a Chicago airport, Williams has the youthful energy that’s made her so popular singing and swinging mics from the front of the stage. Upbeat about almost everything, she’s up to the challenge of this touring life and exhibits very few signs of a weariness that international jet setting and the rock musician’s lifestyle must take. It’s a mentality that she takes onto stage with her every time, especially in the lottery of a festival crowd. “In a way, I definitely love being the underdog,” she claims. “I love working really hard to win people over and I love when people kind of don’t want to believe it at first, or they’re a bit stand-offish, because it confirms everything at the end when they’re standing up or they’re singing along and clapping or showing any kind of interest – that makes me feel like I won, you know? “And usually if we play good and we had a good time, it usually happens that way. We’ve always loved winning crowds over, I think that’s the one thing in my entire life that I’m actually good at,” she laughs. Really good at it

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it seems, Paramore having won enough crowds over to justify an utterly-arena and stadium based tour this time. Three albums in and the band are at the peak of their success so far. 2009’s Brand New Eyes will be a hard gig to follow up, and it’s highly possible that they’ll never surpass the current levels of support. Prime examples

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are Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco, whom after conquering the world brought out well-developed and well-rounded, mature albums (Fall Out Boy’s Folie à Deux and Panic’s Pretty.Odd.), only to be see their fan-base consolidate. “I wanna say it’s still the tip of the iceberg. I’m only 21, I don’t want to think about being a veteran of anything yet,” Williams says. “I want to be constantly learning things and I’m sure there’s other ways that we can make ourselves useful in this business because we’re all so passionate about every part of it. From the writing side of it, to shows, to the merchandise, we love all of it because it’s all creative. I don’t know, I hope there’s a lot more to learn and a lot left to do.” Williams herself did branch out earlier this year, appearing as a guest vocalist alongside Eminem, no less, on B.o.B’s urban-pop mega hit Airplanes. Their real home, though, is the Fueled By Ramen stable, which houses Panic At The Disco, The Academy Is…, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, and has been home to Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Yellowcard and even Melbourne’s Blueline Medic. Orchestral in the post-emo explosion, they’ve been accused of ‘packaging’ bands in moulds like popstars. “I think right now, where our label is as a family, there’s sort of moments where it

gets a bit hype-ish and a bit of a fad, but then you look at the line-up and you look at the history of the label and I’m still proud of where we come from and the bands that are being signed. Like a band called Fun, who I’m obsessed with, and another band called The Swellers, who are good friends of ours. “I’m just really proud of the scene that we come from and I’m proud of the world that we started out in, and glad that we can build a bridge over to whatever mainstream home we’re finding. Because it’s been my dream to be able to bridge the gap between being a big band and getting out there and still maintaining that sense of ‘We know where we come from, and we’re not ever going to leave it behind’. So I love it, I think everyone that’s in our scene and beyond [is] aggressive and just loves doing this, and that’s what makes the bond so cool with the guys in You Me At Six [whose frontman Josh Franceschi has previously told Drum he’s eager to keep a space between his band and the label’s practises] and a lot of other bands our age.” There’s one darker moment in Hayley Williams’ year that can’t be ignored, involving Twitter. The star accidentally posted a photo of herself topless, which was presumably meant for her boyfriend, New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert. The photo was only up for a couple of minutes, but at the speed at which the Internet moves (and the fact that she’s followed by over a million people) meant that the photo will be stored eternally in the Internet’s memory. “I mean, that was definitely the worst, uh, day, if not moment, of my whole life. It’s not something that you plan on or that you want to have happen, and it sucked. And I was really scared ‘cause I didn’t know what people would say and I have a lot of guy friends – more than I do girl friends – so that also made me very nervous.” Yet those million followers came through for her, some fans went so far in their support that they circulated similar pictures of themselves. “The support was crazy – from my family to my friends, who are fans. Everyone’s just been so cool, I don’t know, really just loving me and showing me that it’s not about those moments – it’s

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The producer was Nick Raskulinecz, who’s most famed for his work on Foo Fighters, Rush and, more recently, Stone Sour albums among others. In accepting his Grammy for their album One By One, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters said, “Most of all, I’d really like to thank the person that saved this album and made it happen. His name is Nick Raskulinecz, he produced our album. He’s the greatest rock producer around and Nick made it happen. If it wasn’t for you, we’d be screwed, man. Thank you very much.”

about how you overcome them. And I just decided to hold my head up high.” With a lack of fanfare, the matter died remarkably quickly, Williams and co. dealt with the situation superbly. It shows that, despite the excitement, energy and carpe diem mentality, she’s got her head firmly screwed on. “I kinda have a couple of different thoughts on it, because on one hand I feel like I have to deal with an adult world all the time and I have to take these phone calls that none of my friends would ever have to and long meetings at certain times of the day that are stupid. It’s just, like, random things like that come with music being an actual business rather than all the time [being a] big show. But that part doesn’t really matter because being in music kind of keeps you young. Even when you have the stress level of a 70-year-old,” she laughs. Returning to one of the many positives of this year and the scale of their impending Australian tour – for which Relient K have recently been announced as the supports for – will be mirrored by what they have planned for on stage. “We’ve only ever toured [Australia] twice in our whole five years of touring, so it’s kind of like I want this to be the time where we really show everyone everything we’ve got. “Of course there’s factors, like I don’t really think about like money and hauling all that equipment over there, but I’m going to just try and make it happen ‘cause I think that it’s important for those fans to get that show. So we’re going to do everything that we can to give them that same massive show that we’re trying to pull off here in the States, and hopefully it’ll be awesome. If anything, it’ll be the longest set of songs we’ve ever played in Australia and hopefully everyone will be psyched on the ones we choose, because we definitely take into consideration the fan favourites and all that stuff.” WHO: Paramore WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 10 October, Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont


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KITCHEN BURNS GRAMMY NOMINATED GODSKITCKEN CHEF ANDY MOOR HAS BEEN TOURING CONSTANTLY SINCE 2006, AND AHEAD OF HIS ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA HE TELLS RUEBEN HALE SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE.

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hen catching up with Andy Moor he was in the studio working on his long-awaited next album, which he has been laboring over track by track for the past year and a half. In an interview he gave back in April he had alluded to its soon-to-be release, however now you sense an air of frustration in his voice when he talks about it. “It’s going to be ready when it’s ready,” says Moor. “I’ve been working in the studio from the second I wake up until the second I go to sleep.” Being a family man, Moor says he’s been struggling lately with the demands of his hectic touring schedule and concedes he’s burning out. “By the time I get home from the other side of the world I’ve been travelling for three days, and then by the time I’d recovered it was time to go away again. I just haven’t got the energy anymore and that’s the simple answer,” he says. Moor also says the family is part of the consideration, but it’s his own best interests which are in need of immediate attention. “The main concern of all the touring is the health aspects both mentally and physically. It’s affected me mentally in a big way lately, just feeling very down a lot with all the travelling and no sleep. I’m not a young lad anymore and since the day I hit 30 it really started to affect me. I get down more than I used to so I’ve just got to start looking after myself a bit more, which also gives me the opportunity to spend more time in the studio. I need to structure my touring schedule better.” In order to gain some immediate respite, Moor has been recently working on some other projects away from the album, as well as planning a change to his touring schedule next year. “Come December I will be reducing the intensity of my touring,” he says. “I’m going to be taking some time off hopefully next year so that I can get the whole album finished. I’ve just been recently taking a break from the album while I have been working on a few new remixes,” says Moor. “It’s partly because the album has just has taken a lot longer than I had originally anticipated.”

Production wise, Moor has been working on some interesting remixes lately, bringing success with Nadia Ali’s Love Story reaching #1 on the Billboard Dance and Beatport Trance charts, as well as receiving industry acclaim for his collaboration with Ashley Wallbridge on Faces. On his upcoming arrival in Australia, Moor also flagged a possible collaboration with Australia’s own tyDi, who was voted #1 for the second year running in the Sony ITM DJ poll in 2009. “We’re maybe going to try some new things and see whether we get a vibe off one another,” says Moor. “It’s always nice to work in a studio with other like-minded people and it will be a good motivational and creative tool to catch a vibe off someone like that,” he adds. TyDi, like many others, is moving trance away from rainbows and unicorns and giving it a harder edge. Moor says he took that path over a year ago, however maintains there is a market for the various trance styles. “It’s dance music that fits into the market in its own way, and if it didn’t have a market it wouldn’t be there,” explains Moor. “Everybody goes in different directions. Some people listen to rainbows and unicorns as they grow-up and then get tired of that and go-off in another direction with the harder style. For me, personally, I am definitely getting more into the harder, tougher stuff. Working on weekends and playing shows, I get to see what kind of impact each type of music is having on the crowds. I’m definitely incorporating much faster, louder and tougher grooves into my sets at the moment. But I am also keeping a lot of the accessible elements as well, without making it cheesy.”

So what kind of creativity is going to make this album stand out? “It’s not going to be a concept album, but there will definitely be concept tracks on it,” says Moor. “There’s definitely a lot of operatic stuff, but not in a classical sense, but in a modern production way; kind of quirky, industrial production with classical elements. And also I’m going to have to put on the typical female vocals on the trancey kind of progressive tunes.”

With the Godskitchen tour going around the country, Moor says he will not be doing any sideshows because he will be straight off to China afterwards. However, he is well looking forward to the time here nonetheless. “I’m looking forward to it because it will only be my second time in Australia,” he says “I’ve got a lot of friends over there so it will be worked with a little bit of pleasure time as well.” WHO: Andy Moor WHEN & WHERE: Godskitchen – Friday 8 October, Metro City, Northbridge

With Andy Moor taking so long to finish his next album, one hopes he has a trance-classic-inthe-works at the same standard of some of these masterpieces of the genre: PAUL VAN DYK – Out There And Back (2000): The slow and deliberate build-ups on this album are exceptionally intense and beautiful. What is even more exceptional is that PVD mixed and produced every track on this classic of the trance genre. Moving out there and back as well, the unique thing about this one is the salt and peppering with the incorporation of break beats and drum‘n’bass at exactly the right moments. ABOVE & BEYOND – Tri-State (2006): This album spelt the end of a very dry spell in trance of true-greatness, with the impeccably well-produced sounds that became instantly recognisable and addictive. Above & Beyond have always been true to the meaning of trance music. This was as true as ever on Tri-State, which rekindled the mesmerising feeling from where the genre derives its name. ARMIN VAN BUUREN – Imagine (2008): Imagine was Armin’s third artist album and arguably his best release. Imagine made it to number one on the Dutch album charts, and solidified his position as one of the worlds most highly regarded DJs – currently sitting at #1 in the DJ Mag Top 100 for the third consecutive year.

It is hardly surprising that the production cogs move slowly for Moor when you consider the frenetic pace of the trance stalwart’s life and his painstaking attention to detail when it comes to making his music. “I am here in the studio for about three days a week and then I go touring on the weekends,” says Moor. “With the constant touring that’s been occurring this year, it has been very difficult to get quality time in the studio, and also I don’t just want to knock up a few cheaply produced tunes. I want to put the time and effort in that I think an album deserves.” With the length of time it has taken for the album to drop, many things have changed and he is still unclear what tracks will end up on the final version. “Some of my already-released tracks I had originally wanted to put on the album, and with time passing so fast they just didn’t end up fitting in,” says Moor. However he says what is clear is that the final version is going to be a polished product. “I’ve spent a lot of time on each track. I didn’t want to just make an album consisting of 12 dance tunes; I wanted to make an album with some chill-out tunes in the middle,” says Moor. “I think it’s very difficult to make a dance album work. Its 4/4 music and listening to an entire album of that is not my view of an album. It’s just going to be well-produced with a lot of musicality in there, and I’ve just tried to be as creative as possible.”

Moor’s sound maybe getting tougher, but he has always been revered for possessing an instantly identifiable characteristic in his music. “It’s kind of strange because what I do is not what people expect,” says Moor. “I never use the same sound in any two tracks. But I suppose it is just me and the way that I produce my music with the processes that I use to get to that final outcome. It always ends up having those identifiable aspects to it. I think it is also that I never fill in a track with one sound and always have to layer sounds with others. I think a lot of others don’t do that, so maybe that is a reason.”

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TIËSTO – In My Memory (2001): In My Memory was Tiësto’s first solo album and collection of original music. The album contained five major hits that launched his career including singles Suburban Train, Lethal industry and Flight 643. Tiësto’s Kaleidoscope, although popular, hasn’t had quite the same impact. SYSTEM F (FERRY CORSTEN) – Out Of The Blue (2001): Out Of The Blue was released by Ferry Corsten under the alias ‘System F’. The album is progressive, uplifting and melodic, and showcases trance at its finest. The Dutch trance DJ went on to become one of the best producers in the genre. And a few classic mix compilation must-haves for trance fans: SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED – Northern Exposure (1996): The technical prowess displayed within this mix by Sasha & Digweed is extraordinary, as it was interminable if they were mixing in the next track. The songs blend together so seamlessly that they can’t help but stir your emotions. The problem with most of today’s mixes is that while they are accurately mixed, they’re rarely seamless.


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“I think that’s how I would have felt if I had heard [Record Collection] – I wouldn’t have any idea of how to begin making a record like this. I think the best thing about creating music is that you have no idea of what you’re doing and you just follow the flow and feel of the sound.” According to Ronson there was a lot of trial and error when composing the songs and organising the collaborations on Record Collection. There’s no better example of this than on the clubfriendly melancholy of Somebody To Love Me (destined to be the biggest single off the album), and scheduled to follow the release of the ultra-cool strut of Bang Bang Bang, and buoyant pop of The Bike Song. “There are a lot of songs that ended up completely different to the idea that I started with. Somebody To Love Me started off with [writer] Cathy Dennis and [Scissor Sisters frontman] Jake Shears coming into the studio to write a song for the record, and that was quite exciting because between them they’ve written some of the best pop songs around in terms of melodies. So anyway, they wrote this beautiful song about a long-lost hedonistic weekend on a Club Med holiday, but it just felt a bit twee singing about getting drunk and wasted over such a beautiful track, so we scrapped that. “Then K’Naan came in and wrote this other song that was also really nice but sounded like it would be perfect for a K’Naan record, about a Slumdog Millionaire-type kid from Somalia who would never do well, but we scrapped that too. Then me, Andrew from Miike Snow and Alex [Greenwald] wrote the rest of the lyrics for the song, but we borrowed the best part of the melody from the bridge from the Cathy/Jake version, we borrowed the best part of the first chorus-line from the K’Naan version, and put them all together with Boy George on vocals. That song wouldn’t have been as good if all those trial and error elements hadn’t happened. Everyone was so into the spirit of what was happening in the studio with that record that they let us use parts of their songs to come up with the final result.” Record Collection was certainly a hard record for Ronson to make in many ways. Aside from experimentation with the sonics of the record and juggling collaborations, Ronson also had to deal with the backlash he received for Version from finger-pointers who sneered at his trendy associations and his penchant for brass arrangements. The 35-yearold producer admits he had a lot to prove in the process and prepared to face his critics head-on and challenge himself with his latest batch of songs. “For this record I was put on the cover of NME magazine smashing trumpets, which was a bit over-dramatic because I actually have nothing against trumpets. I just really wanted to prove on this record that we didn’t have to return to old ground. I got a little lazy with the arrangement stuff up until about a year and a half ago because I realised that any song I wrote with a singer, I could just give it to The Dap-Kings and they would bring it to life, and then my job was done. As a producer I think you need to challenge yourself more, and that’s why on this record I didn’t want to use any of the whole shit that was comfortable for me.

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Record Collection is a nod to the synth sounds of the 1980s, but by adding funky textures, disparate musical elements and a quirky indieesque attitude, the album steers clear of a cheap revivalist sound. Boasting a schizophrenic freshness, he unites the likes of MNDR, Q-Tip, Boy George, Rose Elinor Dougall (The Pipettes), D’Angelo, Ghostface Killah, Spank Rock and various members of The View, The Zutons, Miike Snow, Duran Duran, Scissor Sisters, Phantom Planet, Dirty Pretty Things and the London Gay Men’s Chorus all on one album, and miraculously pulls off this cohesive gathering of unlikely collaborators. Sitting on the floor of his record company in West London, Ronson is keen to talk about the music on the new album. He’s chatty, friendly and politely easy to get along with – he’s also refreshingly candid and suitably modest. Ronson says he doesn’t really know how his music comes together so seamlessly. “I remember the first time I met [producer] Danger Mouse in New York and he had just mastered the Gorillaz album Demon Days and he needed somewhere to play it that had some good speakers, so he brought it down to my studio. I remember being jealous, in awe, and slightly angry when he played it because it was so dense, brilliant and beautiful. At that point I hadn’t made any music with Amy [Winehouse] – all I had done was made hip hop tracks, and I didn’t know how to make the kind of music he was making.

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ut with the old and in with the new. Minus the safety net of cover versions and brass sounds that he’s unfairly become synonymous with, producer Mark Ronson has put together a new record collection of songs that are even more idiosyncratic, eccentric and undeniably-infectious than those that featured on his last two albums, Here Comes The Fuzz (2003) and Version (2007). Sealing the argument that his musical arrangements, ideas and production deserved his 2008 Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year, Record Collection is guaranteed to provide a painful kick in the arse to those non-believers who arbitrarily decided he was a one-trick pony.

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“When I went into the studio with Amy a couple of months ago to do a cover of Lesley Gore’s It’s My Party [for the upcoming Quincy Jones tribute album] we did it with The Dap-Kings in that more traditional style because that’s what suits her voice. It felt like cheating a little bit for me, but Amy loves that style of sound, and that’s fine. But with my own music I definitely needed to move on sonically from my previous constructions.” WHO: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl WHAT: Record Collection (Sony) out Friday 24 September


BLACK METAL SURVIVORS MAYHEM HAS SURVIVED CONTROVERSY, CHANGING MUSICAL TASTES AND A HIGH PROFILE KILLING TO BECOME THE MOST ICONIC BLACK METAL BAND. MARK HEBBLEWHITE TRACKED DOWN FOUNDING MEMBER NECROBUTCHER TO CHAT ABOUT THE STATE OF THE SCENE, LONGEVITY AND THE RECENT RELEASE OF HIS BANDMATE’S KILLER FROM PRISON.

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or a guy who goes by such a gruesome sobriquet as Necrobutcher, Jørn Stubberud is a surprisingly relaxed and easygoing personality. Perhaps it’s because he considers Australia somewhat of a spiritual home. “Man, we always love coming to Australia. I love the temperature, I love the wildlife, but most of all I love the laidback vibe there,” he enthuses. “For a guy who’s spent his whole life living in one of the coldest places on the planet, Australia is about as exotic as it gets, and every time I’m down there I have a great time.” There’s no doubt that Necrobutcher confounds the stereotype of the grim frostbitten black metal warrior. Not only does he dig our fair shores, but he’s not shy in admitting that the violent death of his friend and bandmate Euronymous in 1993 shook him to the core. In fact it led him to temporarily leave the band he had helped form with Euronymous way back in 1984. Now with the perpetrator of the crime – Varg Vikernes – finally released from prison, Necrobutcher has been forced to reassess his feelings about the tragedy. Remarkably, he’s able to remain philosophical about the situation. “Look, the guy served 16 or 17 years straight in prison, which is a severe punishment,” he reasons. “What I didn’t want to happen was for the press to revisit the whole mess. Of course they did and they rang everyone in the scene, and thankfully most people didn’t want to be involved.

I HAVE KNOWN MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED IN TERRIBLE WAYS OVER THE YEARS, SO MAYBE I AM BECOMING IMMUNE TO DEATH.”

“It was a terrible situation and a terrible thing that happened, but I must say I have known many people who have died in terrible ways over the years, so maybe I am becoming immune to death.” And if Euronymous was still alive, what would he think about the band Mayhem has become? “I think he would be really proud of what we have achieved,” says Necrobutcher, who admits that only recently he was thinking about the kind of person Euronymous would have been today had he still been alive. “We have the same spirit with which the band had way back in 1984 – playing the music we want to and doing so on our own terms. I know I’m still the same person I always was and I think that Euronymous would like the fact that we are still out there being as uncompromising as we ever were.” But would the infamous Euronymous have approved of the global juggernaut that black metal has become? In fact, the second wave of black metal, of which he was a driving force, was actually born out of a deep disgust for death metal’s then growing popularity. Surely the idea of middle class kids from Sydney or Los Angeles rocking out to the music he saw as being reserved for an elite few wouldn’t please the great man at all? “Well, I think we have to put a few things in perspective,” argues Necrobutcher. “On the one hand, black metal is thriving. The fans keep coming to the gigs and keep buying the music – something that is amazing in an age of downloading. Black metal fans are loyal and I think that’s wonderful for the scene. “But on the other hand, no matter how ‘big’ the scene gets, the music will always be underground. We are ‘the black sheep’ of the music family because our sound is so extreme that it will never achieve mainstream popularity. And I must say that this fact doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Whereas before we had a select audience just in our country, now we have a select audience across the world – and that just makes for a stronger scene.”

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The Mayhem camp was rocked in 2008 by the departure of guitarist Blasphemer who, after joining the band in 1994, played a large role in steadying the ship following the murder of Euronymous. According to Necrobutcher it was nothing more than a case of ‘artistic differences’. “I can’t tell you all the reasons that Blasphemer ended up leaving the band, but really the main one was that he was tired of playing just this style of music. He wanted to try some new things, and that’s totally fine. He helped Mayhem for a long time, but in the end this band is bigger than any one of its members and we have been able to carry on with no problems.” This dogged spirit characterises not only the longevity of Mayhem but also its tendency to take head-scratching artistic turns. The simple fact is that while their contemporaries release album after album of similar music (Immortal and Darkthrone we’re looking at you), no two Mayhem LPs sound alike. “It’s just the way we’ve developed as a band,” explains Necrobutcher. “It’s all about where we are at each time we sit down to write a record. So to put it another way, each record is a document of how we felt at the time we recorded it. And because there are large gaps – three or four years – between each album, these differences are pronounced because obviously we’re in very different places each time we record. This restlessness keeps the band interesting I think and it’s probably the reason why black metal fans still care about Mayhem after all these years. Can you imagine if we were still releasing albums that sound like [1987 debut] Deathcrush? People would have lost interest. So would we.” So, considering it’s been three years since Ordo Ad Chao, should we expect a new blast of leftfield black metal insanity soon? “We’re always working on new material and right now we have a couple of new songs which we are rehearsing,” admits Necrobutcher. “We also have a concept drawn up. But I should say that we never rush these things. We always let new ideas develop naturally and I think the new Mayhem album will be about a year away. So yeah, it’s a wait for people, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.”

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HOLY GHOSTS! GHOSTS OF THE HORIZON, THE NEW ALBUM FROM THE HOLY SEA, DRAWS ITS INSPIRATION FROM THE HISTORY BOOKS. FRONTMAN HENRY F. SKERRITT WAS HAPPY TO SHARE SOME STORIES FROM THE PAST WITH ALEKSIA BARRON.

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erth ex-pat Henry F. Skerritt is speaking from a bench in a Melbourne university campus. It’s fitting considering that he’s calling to talk about The Holy Sea’s new album, Ghosts Of The Horizon, for which much of his songwriting inspiration was found in history books and museums. Skerritt is excited, but nervous about seeming overly scholarly. “I get a bit worried because I’m really excited about the stories that we draw on, but sometimes I can go off on a bit of a tangent.” It’s not surprising, given the complexity of the lyrics found on this album, the band’s third in its extensive history. The Holy Sea first formed in Perth in 1999 before going into hiatus when Skerritt relocated to Melbourne in 2003. In 2007, with a number of other former collaborators from Perth appearing in the eastern city, the decision was made to reform The Holy Sea, and the line-up finally solidified. Having released the first Holy Sea album Blessed Unrest back in 2000, the band’s sophomore effort, the highly acclaimed A Beginner’s Guide To The Sea, was a long time coming – it wasn’t released until 2007. By comparison, the three-year gap between A Beginner’s Guide and Ghosts Of The Horizon seems relatively short. However, in that time, Skerritt has continued to evolve as a songwriter. “The big change, I guess for me as a songwriter, in the last three or four years has been that I’m actually spending a lot more time on my songs,” explains Skerrit. “It’s not the music – the music comes pretty quickly for me. What takes me so long is getting the words right.” To craft the right lyrics, Skerritt sought inspiration in another of his passions – the study of history. In doing so, he discovered the stories that would inspire the songs of Ghosts Of The Horizon. “All of these stories are totally human stories, and that’s what attracts me,” he says. “I hate the idea that history should be something that people feel scared of, or reverential of, or bored by. The problems that these guys were dealing with 200 years ago are really similar to the problems that we’re dealing with now.” An example? Ten Rules, which was inspired by the story of Tom Wills – the troubled gentleman and codifier of the Australian Football League who ultimately took his own life. “He’s much like the sportsmen of today in that he was totally adulated by the whole country.” However, in another striking similarity to today’s sporting heroes, Wills suffered from alcoholism and psychological illnesses. “He had a hard time following any rules, be they rules on the sporting field or rules in life,” explains Skerritt. “When I hear that story, it’s such a moving, human story.” Further inspiration was found in a Sydney museum, where Skerritt conceived Arthur’s Lament, a song about Sir George Arthur, the former Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania. The idea came to him while viewing a copy of Arthur’s Proclamation – a series of drawings that aimed to transcend the language barrier in order to communicate the consequences of breaking the law to indigenous population. Arthur, who is widely demonised by many historians, was actually horrified by the plight of the Aboriginal people when he arrived in Australia, according to Skerritt. “Yet, within 10 years, he was the Governor responsible for the Black Line – the round-up of all the indigenous people,” he adds. “He’s someone who bowed to popular pressure, even though that was in opposition to his conscience. I think Arthur really grappled with the same kind of moral issues that we grapple with today – he just didn’t do it very well.” While certain songs from Ghosts Of The Horizon arose from clear, succinct ideas and stories, Skerritt admits that the process of completing his lyrics isn’t always so easy. He explains that the album’s lead single, the rolling rock ballad Bad Luck, was in his mind for months before the final pieces fell into place. “I’d kind of been labouring away at an idea about landscape, and the cross between the rural, the urban and the idea of landscape as a metaphor for a relationship and whatnot.” It’s a concept that carried on from the distinctive imagery that characterised A Beginner’s Guide, but Skerritt struggled to find the right words. “I was kind of stuck with it.” Finally, while driving to Adelaide to play a Triffids tribute show, Skerritt experienced a ‘eureka’ moment while crossing from the drought-stricken Victorian countryside into South Australia. “[The moment] happened when I reached the Adelaide foothills. They’re not big, grand rolling hills; they’re really gentle, undulating, biomorphic hills.” At that moment, he realised the key lyric to Bad Luck: ‘The body of my lover stretches out like the hills of Adelaide.’ “That line was just blazing in my brain.” Considering the disparate inspirations for the nine songs that make up Ghosts Of The Horizon, it seems a little surprising that the result is such a cohesive album. Skerritt is quick to credit his six band members for ensuring that the development of the record stayed on course. “The binding agent is the band. The thing that I love most about The Holy Sea is that we’ve got an internal chemistry that totally works for us.” With some of the members having a personal and musical history that spans more than a decade, it’s unsurprising that the band functions on an almost intuitive level. “We all come in and it’s like we don’t have to even speak to each other – we all know what we’re doing. It sounds really clichéd, but seven people become this one rolling entity. When we’re at our best, it’s so effortless.” As a songwriter, the inherent cohesiveness of the band has allowed Skerritt to take risks with his work, confident that they will understand his vision. “I can throw whatever ideas I’ve got in, and at the end, it’ll come out sounding like The Holy Sea.” Although he found inspiration from some unusual sources, Skerritt stresses that at the end of the day, his focus is on making a quality rock album that draws listeners in. “I just think of it as a rock’n’roll record – it’s not a thesis.” For The Holy Sea, clearly, it’s still all about the music. WHO: The Holy Sea WHAT: Ghosts Of The Horizon (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 2 October, The Bird, Northbridge; Sunday 3, Fremantle Arts Centre

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WHERE ONCE WAS A BAND CALLED PASSENGER NOW STANDS MIKE ROSENBERG, STILL PASSENGER, BUT WORKING A WHOLE OTHER MODUS OPERANDI, AS HE EXPLAINED TO MICHAEL SMITH.

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asically what happened,” Brighton, UK-born singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg explains, “Passenger was a five-piece band and we released one album [Wicked Man’s Rest], did a bit of touring round the UK and the States and then things kind of happened and so I ended up going my own way and recorded this album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, and went off busking with it. It was great, just going out with no expectations, and I just found busking to be the best way of communicating the music to people without any of the bullshit and smoke machines and crap that goes along with it – it’s just people in their lunch break and that kind of old school interaction, that live thing that you can’t really replace.”

Since the busking proved so remarkably successful, with Rosenberg selling four or five thousand copies of Wide Eyes Blind Love just busking, he thought he expand his horizons and took himself off to Australia and another round of busking. The unexpected payoff turned out to be his third album, Flight Of The Crow, featuring collaborations with Lior, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, Boy & Bear, Kate Miller-Heidke, Simon J Berckelman a.k.a. Berkfinger from Philadelphia Grand Jury, who also co-produced the album, Brian Campeau and Elana Stone, Matt Corby and Jess Chalker. “I came over here last October thinking I’d be here for two or three months and I went on tour with Elana Stone and Brian Campeau, which was great, that was luck – which is what this whole project is kind of based on! – did the One Movement festival and stuff, did a lot of busking, which is kind of how I fund everything when I’m travelling. I knew Lior from a tour I’d done with him previously, and I met Josh Pyke just ‘cause he lived round the corner from me in [Sydney beachside suburb] Bronte where I was staying, and the idea just sort of came up. “It sprung from trying to keep MySpace and Facebook alive back in England while I was in Australia, so the

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IT’S BEEN A LONG WAIT BETWEEN ALBUMS FOR KOOLISM FANS, BUT MC HAU LATUKEFU REASSURES BRYGET CHRISFIELD THAT, JUST LIKE FOOD COOKED IN THE ALBUM’S NAMESAKE THE ‘UMU (AN UNDERGROUND OVEN), THE END RESULT IS “WELL WORTH THE WAIT.” original idea was to just film myself singing and playing a song wherever it was, whether that be the Harbour Bridge or Uluru, musical postcards. Then I started meeting all these musicians and playing with them and thinking, ‘How cool would it be to send each one sort of a collaboration with a different musician?’ So I started recording and filming demos – I did one with Josh and one with Lior – and they just worked really well and the plan just kind of got bigger and bigger until I thought, ‘Well I’ve made all this money busking so why I don’t I just bung it into making a record with all these great artists I’ve met?’ It was a real evolution – it definitely wasn’t the case that I came over with the idea and thought, ‘Great!’ It’s just something that kind of happened very naturally, very acoustic, very hopefully retro without being annoying.” Rosenberg returns to Perth to launch Flight Of The Crow at this year’s One Movement. “As I said earlier, I played One Movement last year and had an amazing time! It was the first Australian festival that I had played at and I still hold it as a real highlight of last year. At that stage Flight Of The Crow was just a nice thought but I met a few people at the festival that I ran the idea past and had it not been for such an enthusiastic response I may not have followed through with it. Plus the fact that the weather was so beautiful was quite novel for an Englishman – quite a change from the normal raindrenched Glastonbury!” WHO: Passenger WHAT: Flight Of The Crow (Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Sound Of The C Showcase – Friday 8 October, Belgian Beer Café, Perth; One Movement Music Festival – Friday 8 ‘til Sunday 10 October, Perth Esplanade

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oolism’s fifth studio album is about to drop but that’s not gonna prevent Hau Latukefu (A.K.A. MC Hau) from enjoying an overseas holiday with his wife. “It’s cool, I’m trying to handle it from this side of the world,” he says. “We’ve been away for two and a bit weeks so we were in Mexico and now in New York. I really like staying in Brooklyn, it feels more homely, you know what I mean? Like, it’s more localised rather than being amongst tourists and the bright lights and the business of the streets.” Latukefu has good reason to feel an affinity for New York. Back in 2003, The New York Times described Koolism as “the standard-bearer of Australian hip hop”. “Daniel [Elleson, a.k.a DJ Danielsan, the other half of Koolism] and I really like our Public Enemy, our Roots Manuva – so I guess in some way that filters through whenever we press some music,” Latukefu shares when asked whether any particular albums informed the sound the duo were going for this time around. “But we’ve always tried to do our own thing, you know – [to] not try to be too temporary, just make our music from the heart and soul. And look, I think it generally makes music timeless instead of trying to make what’s hot today, ‘cause what sounds hot today will be cold in a couple of years.” Koolism’s previous long player, titled New Old Ground, dropped in February 2006 and its follow-up certainly sounds as if it spent ample time in the kiln. “We did take our time,” the rapper agrees. “We chucked in a lot of time towards the end because we didn’t wanna miss the boat again, because it’s just taken so long since the last release, but we are happy with the results. And, with anything, you pick out the faults – bits and pieces you could have done better – but at the end of the day we’re very happy. “That’s why we made the album title The ‘Umu because that’s exactly right. A lot of work goes into making [the

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umu], and then cooking the food takes a long time, and then finally when it’s time to eat it feels like that whole process was well worth the wait.” It sounds like the Latukefu family love a cook-up. So what’s the most delicious thing the MC has eaten that was cooked in this way? “Oh, man, so many things,” he ruminates. “My father is known in the Tongan community for this thing he makes. It can either be cooked in the umu or in the conventional oven. It’s like a full pumpkin, he cuts a square on top and hollows it out and then mixes that pumpkin with sour cream and corn beef and then puts it back in the pumpkin, puts the top back on and then cooks it like that. And then an hour or so later you pull the top back off and [pauses] oh, it tastes so good – my mouth’s watering! The whole thing [with] the umu is the cooking process, that’s also a ritual where while you cook the food you catch up with your friends until it’s time to dig up the food and serve it to eat. There’s more time to drink,” he chuckles. Latukefu identifies Can’t Stand It as one of the first tracks the duo completed that made it onto the album. In the liner notes, he describes the cut as a nod to Public Enemy and James Brown as well as “a finger to the racist and ignorant here in Australia.” It sounds amazingly current in light of our recent election. “That’s the funny thing about the lyrics – that it could’ve have been written three years ago. Well, it was written three years ago. It could have been written three years before that or it could be written three years later, and still the concepts are very relevant.” WHO: Koolism WHAT: The Umu (Invada/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: One Movement Music Festival Sunday 10 October, Perth Esplanade; Good Vibrations – Sunday 20 February, Claremont Showgrounds


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SINGLE OF THE WEEK EL GUINCHO Bombay

Remote Control It really depends when you listen to this track as to how it feels. Right now, I’m in a really grumpy mood, so its chirpy steel drum riff and feel-good summery pop feels like somebody applying a cheesegrater to my ears and testicles. Yesterday, I listened to this song eight times in a row, driving with the windows down and with my head out the window like a happy Dalmatian. This will be the soundtrack of a thousand house parties this summer and it is a mood enhancing track: if you’re in a bit of a “can’t really be arsed going to this fondue night” kind of mood from October onwards, maybe just stay home.

THE WITNESS Bonfire

Fremantle Records This track is the complete opposite. Yesterday, in the middle of my El Guincho sugar buzz, I was turning my nose up at this track as sounding too much like The Cult. Today I’m really psyched about that similarity. I accidentally left this on repeat this morning. Listening to it in the background, I’d assumed it must have been an EP, such is the songs’ dynamic range. Reverb-laden instruments making psychedelic spirit fingers around a vocalist having the most melodic nervous breakdown ever. Just don’t listen to it if you’re in a good mood.

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Bring Night Sony Music Which brings us to a song designed to annoy the listener no matter what their mood. This track is so twee it will make your happy mood feel lacking by comparison. If you’re depressed, you’ll be more inclined to mentally compare this arrangement to Bertie Blackman and your least favourite tampon ad soundtracks. If you’re in a good mood, you wouldn’t want to worsen it with this.

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Bulletproof Music

It’s no wonder this lady attracted the attention of Ninja Tune, Bonobo and Flying Lotus with her seductively smooth vocals. She joins the long list of quality Ninja Tune artists such as Mr. Scruff, DJ Vadim and The Cinematic Orchestra.

Three albums in for fuzz rockers Black Mountain and these Canadians are aiming for commercial success with Wilderness Heart. Employing big name producers Randall Dunn (Sunn O) and Dave Sardy (Rolling Stones, Wolfmother), the five-piece have recorded in LA instead of their bedrooms and have opted for more concise tracks, doing away with their old 17-minute prog-rock epics as only two songs here crack five minutes. This doesn’t mean they have sold out though. Far from it, this is a fun party album that gets top marks for enthusiasm even if originality isn’t their strong suit as their rock influences are pretty clear.

Kiwi drum’n’basser Bulletproof reduced the tempo of his production for debut album Soundtrack To Forever. He opens with the title track, a very Pendulum inspired electronic-rock ballad featuring Tiki Taane on vocals. The album then moves onto a mellow tip – a down-tempo remix of Boh Runga’s track Airwaves. Bulletproof choose wisely on this one when looking for tracks to remix and include on the album.

Lost Where I Belong

Wilderness Heart

Lost Where I Belong is the debut album from the self-taught singer/songwriter. Originally coming out of South East London, her multicultural upbringing shines through with the tinkering sounds of many world music instruments. After releasing Black Sands earlier this year, Bonobo produced Lost Where I Belong. Triana was also the sole vocalist on that album, which adds a bit of clout. His presence in the studio is obvious from the first track, Draw The Stars. Soft multi-instrumental percussion opens with Triana’s soulful vocals slowly introduced, the melody sounds suspiciously similar to Britney Spear’s Toxic though. Title track Lost Where I Belong optimises summer grooves, the strings gain intensity but the beats remain laidback to create an interesting contrast. A Town Called Obsolete is a highlight with tight snare hits and funky horns.

Soundtrack To Forever

Soundtrack To Forever features many purely instrumental numbers; Realtime and Last Laugh both are fairly dark rollers while Imagine is delicately atmospheric, with grinding bass and space-like echoes. There are also several instances of tracks with a fusion of rap, hip hop and grime like Back In The Day featuring PNC & David Dallas and Step To you featuring Rugged Tekniques, to boot. Bulletproof had much support on production with the album. Fellow Kiwi producers Truth and Optimus Gryme both collaborated, with one of the smoothest MCs in the game, MC Stamina, was also involved.

One gets the feeling the album is only warming up at this point, though unfortunately it doesn’t move forward enough from here. Her past work with electronic artists, gaining critical acclaim for collaboration on Flying Lotus’s Tea Leaf Dancers, left the thought that weaving these elements into the album would’ve given it more of an edge. The combination of the electronic realm to create beautiful beds for vocalists like Triana seems like a match made in heaven, it’s just a shame it can’t be heard on this release.

First single Old Fangs has a Deep Purple feel to it as Jeremy Schmidt riffs over the top of their rock groove with some hard-hitting keyboards. The smashing Let Spirits Ride could have appeared on any early Sabbath album as the band deliver their heaviest song yet, while opener The Hair Song has a Black Crowes’ style acoustic-blues vibe to it. Deliberately combining the hard rock moments with acoustic tracks, the album sometimes loses momentum a little as they turn the amps down only to build them up again. This approach does prove its worth midway through as folk ballad Buried By The Blues, and builds into highlights The Way To Gone and the brilliant stoner rock title track. But, Wilderness Heart still needed to finish with a bang and instead closes on a whimper with two quieter tracks. These songs are good in their own right as Stephen McBean and Amber Webber nicely share vocal duties but when you can rock this hard, a fired-up finish would have rounded things off a little better.

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Following up 2008’s The Long Now, Children Collide have looked to pull out bigger guns and given it all with their second album, Theory Of Everything. Not straying too far off course, the band’s new material is a hit, for both older and new fans and credit goes to songs like Future Monks, Jellylegs and My Eagle which take after previous work, yet are catchier, harder and more complex.

By virtue of its moniker, experimental music carries with it certain intrinsic limitations. To fully reap the rewards the listener needs to submit fully to it and cast aside any assumptions of either sound or structure. In fact, its very boundlessness can sometimes be its greatest weakness, as there are no patterns on which to rely, no expectations which can really be met. Play Scar, the latest solo offering from The Necks’ pianist Chris Abrahams, certainly adheres to experimental music’s complete lack of boundaries, but is at the same time so deftly crafted that it’s rendered utterly dazzling.

Mogwai live doesn’t work on record – especially when you have control of the volume. It’s only when confronted with the music face-to-face does that sense of the air being sucked out of the room make you tremble. You need to feel like your heart is going to stop, like you do in the actual presence of the band playing Mogwai Fear Satan. Live, it’s powerful. Live, it can reduce you to tears and that’s an impossible proposition at home – no matter how good your stereo is.

Interestingly, noticeable similarities exist with this album and that of tracks by well established dubstep artists. For instance, the menacing vocal samples and stabbing wobble-bass in Risque is much like American producer SPL. It is, however, hard to decipher whether these are innocent coincidences, whether Bulletproof is paying homage to other artists. For the most part, Soundtrack To Forever supplies little we haven’t heard before. Undoubtedly Bulletproof has proven he can produce dubstep in its most well known configuration – heavy on the snare with generous helpings of wobbly bass – and lucky for him, the following for those beats are only getting stronger.

SUPER MELODY Worker Bee

Love+Mercy Records I don’t mind this song. Really, I don’t. But listening to it gives me horrifying visions of a world where Super Melody high rotation airplay on all the radio stations I like and... I don’t think I can live in that world. I mean, it’s fine. It’s white-boy soul pop electro stuff like Hot Chip and Chromeo make. But while there’s usually a vibe of knowing irony that gets those acts over the line, this is a little too earnest and cheerful. If Hot Chip’s Brothers doesn’t make you cringe, maybe check this out.

GASOLINE INC Fuel The Sol

Independent/Firestarter Music Here’s a band that are doing ridiculously well for themselves. With probably the most well attended weekly residency ever rolling along at the Rocket Room, and this EP’s lead track Superstar all over AFL ads, the time is ripe for them to put out a killer EP. They haven’t fumbled the ball here, dropping a tight mix of ‘80s hard rock and AC/DC lifts. They back up their big, dumb rock music with absolutely top tier production for an EP that (befuddlingly crap title aside) is almost impossible to fault as a genre piece. If this were the late ‘80s, this band would be your life.

MAJOR LAZER

Lazers Never Die Mad Decent Major Lazer: you can only either love or hate them. Their beats take Jamaican dancehall riddims and dumb them down to cartoon extremes. Personally, I can’t handle them for more than a track at a time, so an EP is possibly stretching my patience a little. Thankfully, opener Sound Of Siren is the best thing they’ve done since Pon De Floor and the rest of the EP is packed with remixes that generally push deeper into dancehall sounds. The wildcard is Thom Yorke’s remix of Jump Up, where he does his best Modeselektor impersonation – luckily for him, his source material suits the pose and it’s not the disaster it could be. 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

Play Scar

Theory Of Everything

Plenty of ‘90s influence ensures power chord riffage and a small dose of mumbled lyrics, as on Seven Forks. Along with fast, clean tone strumming verses, hitting walls of distortion in the choruses; it is a sound that should get old fast, but Children Collide’s brilliantly captured energy and variety between tracks ensures it doesn’t, at least not for now anyway. Continuing with space themed lyrics (this time Timelords even get a mention), and Crawley’s hot bass and Mackay’s lead guitar lines as good as ever, there is an element of difference which is noticeable as songs like Complacency No Vacancy give a stylish chorus and Fashion Fits deliver the humorous stand out lyric, “It’s just the way he rolls/it’s just the way he rolls dog”. This selection of 12 songs, filed down from a big 50, is impressive and a worthy cream of the crop. It may have been produced by two separate men in different parts of the world (Paul Annison in Melbourne and Rob Schnapf in LA) but, as a whole, this album is tied together nicely and will be on the playlist well into, and past, summer. SEBASTIAN D’ALONZO

Take the organ-driven beauty of The Same Time, for instance. At first listen it sounds like it could be a mere thoughtless meander across the keys, devoid of purpose and seemingly goalless. As it swells and pulses from austere beginnings to a deep finale however, it’s clear that Abrahams has a focus but refuses to be rushed. Birds & Wasps is the album’s most challenging track; its constant drone seeming to forecast a grave outcome before disappearing into a pitter-patter of electronic blips. On its own it’s particularly daunting to digest, but in the scope of Play Scar it justifies its place amongst the piano dribble of Jellycrown and guitar chord punch of Running Out. Like The Necks build and push during lengthy sets, Play Scar is more of an experience than something that’s listened to. Moreover, that artists like Chris Abrahams continue to refuse to comply with any form of convention, instead making records that revolve around musical expressions, is something that should also be celebrated. RICK BRYANT

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Special Moves

This live album is good and the 11 songs selected here are some of their best – Hunted By A Freak, Cody, 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong and Like Herod immaculately and beautifully captured to tape – but captured no better than they were the first time in the studio. Anyone who’s seen them live will know and attest that Mogwai are a physical experience and there’s nothing here that doesn’t fall short. The closest is the accompanying DVD. Burning is a live film from the same series of 2009 Brooklyn concerts. It’s creative and gritty and gives you insights you can’t get from the CD. Shot in black and white with a heavy grain, these eight songs do not follow traditional conventions of documenting music. The 40 minutes of footage is as close as you can get to the band – closer than the front row. You are literally seeing the drummer’s sticks rebound, the guitar strings flick off fingernails and a real sense of entropy due to the proximity. Mogwai fans should own this film – it works wonderfully because it’s not trying to ‘be there’, instead creating a parallel world where the songs become stories made anew. Special Moves, however, shows Mogwai are a force you need to feel in the flesh! ALEX GILLIES


CD OF THE WEEK

BARB SECONDHAND SERENADE

THE MISSION IN MOTION

Glassnote/Warner

Taperjean Records/Shock

The Fray? Simple Plan? Secondhand Serenade? Wondering which band you’re listening to can’t be a good sign when they’ve just released their third album claiming it’s a break away from their previous two. This expectation was shot down after listening to Secondhand Serenade’s newest release Hear Me Now.

If it’s fair to say pop punk/rock often feels like a guilty pleasure to anyone over the age of 15, then this record is so pleasurable it should be illegal. It’s got everything you could want; soaring vocals, do dos and woah ohs, sweet songs about mums and girls and something you can dance to.

Hear Me Now is probably not the track best deserving of the album title. One of the more angst-filled tracks like Distance or Stay Away would better sum up the direction of this release and support the emoquestioning-life kind of mood that it sets. There is, however, rawness and sincerity in lead singer John Vesely’s vocals, which are signs of a good storyteller… or a good actor. Either way, for the moment that you are listening, it validates that these self-produced tracks have actually come from somewhere meaningful.

First single New Skin is definitely the party track of the album; dedicated to the weekend and all things fun. It’s so radio friendly it’s not funny, but not that indicative of the rest of the album in terms of showing off the band’s strengths. The rest of the album goes to some darker places as The Mission In Motion swerve more to the rockier side of the genre. The Hand That Holds You Down is a fast and furious showcase of everything that this band does well: intelligent lyrics, a band full of capable vocalists and guitars that never stop.

This album isn’t just about Vesely’s relationship issues paired up with a guitar, as we’d expect based on Awake and Twist In My Story. There are a few tracks that hint at an attempt to include different themes and suggest he’s moving on with his life. The record gets props for the balance between harmonic slower tracks and the slightly over-emotional rock ballads that add a bit of dimension and establishes a more mature, less teenagey sounding album.

Title track Somewhere Safe is for frontman Brett Islaub’s mum, who suffers from a muscle deteriorating disease. It’s a calmer track with lyrics that I dare you to read and try not tear up. From the cutesy ballad of What Do You Do? right up to the epic finish of The Storm, Somewhere Safe has something to please everyone and is worth a listen.

Hear Me Now

Somewhere Safe

THE SHAKE UP

If You Have No Shame Nomo Records/MGM Sydney three-piece The Shake Up come out swinging with their debut release. It’s back to basics punk and stays true to the roots of the genre. Fast, melodic and poppy in parts and rough and dirty in others. The British tinged Aussie accent of singer/guitarist Miles Selwyn dominates every song and tends to get a bit old but some carefully placed ‘na na nas’ and echoed back up vocals break things up. First single Makes Me Sick is an anthemic and cryptic number that shows off what the band can do musically and what the album‘s sound is about. Lyrics begging to be sung along with and a beat that demands dancing will no doubt be the band’s success. Second single Everybody Loves It strips things back a bit and the poppy party song is a cheeky pleasure. I’d put money on Every Friday Night being everyone’s favourite even though it sits a little left to the rest of the record.

In true Secondhand Serenade style, Hear Me Now is still going to be the perfect album to have blaring in the car or to lock yourself away in your room and belt your lungs out to. It’s just not a great leap forward.

The included bonus disc has a few live acoustic versions that prove the band can deliver, but what the hell is with the remixes? A dodgy dance beat underneath their songs quickly turns them tacky and kills some respect earned from the initial record.

There’s a few crackers in there with some catchy and melodic tunes that would no doubt be amazing to see live. The band is two years old but the current line-up is still in it’s infant stages and it shows, they work cohesively together but another six months would really cement the promising sound they’ve got going. It’s hard to appreciate The Shake Up recorded, as from all accounts their strength is in their live show, but If You Have No Shame is still worth a listen. A little diversity in their sound would just make it a bit easier.

DANICA CACCAMO

BETH PARKER

BETH PARKER

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Barb

Liberation Comprising of famous offspring Liam Finn and EJ Barnes as well as several lesser-known Kiwi indie aficionados, the collective weight of BARB is carried with an air of confidence and conviction extracted from many years of collaboration and three years of fantasising. Cooking together some enticing bass grooves, sci-fi synths, reverberated guitars and jazzy drums that sound like they were recorded in a lavatory, the songs are nothing short of fun, whilst the instrumentation remains diverse and the vocal delivery charming. The band themselves confess the album brings to mind “the cruel design of a cats penis” or hopefully conjures images of your bogan aunty smoking a fag out on your nanna’s porch, of which it does neither however it does succeed at delivering a top notch indie release. Exciting with a few left-of-centre tracks such as Beatman and Nile, various songs such as Not A Bird and Counting Sheep bring to mind this year’s debut from Jonathan Boulet. Several Radiohead moments appear throughout, including Martin XII, but most intriguing is Leo, a psychedelic ode to the “fancy actor”. At their best, BARB deliver a couple of absolute crackers in the piano driven Beatles-esque Time To Contemplate and the standout track Alcoholic Darling, which boasts one of the best choruses this scribe has heard all year. Apparently quite acclaimed in their homeland, BARB goes about its business with an absence of pretence that ensures it remains an enjoyable, and at times a genius-fuelled, listen. LUKE BUTCHER

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CHANGING SOUNDTRACKS

DEVILISH DESIRES

IT WAS NATURAL FOR KIWI PRODUCER BULLETPROOF TO PRODUCE DUBSTEP. JUST DONT IMPLY THE CHANGE IS FOR GOOD, WRITES ANGELA KING.

AMERICAN FOLKIE CHARLIE PARR HAS BEEN GETTING AN AUSSIE OUTLAW EDUCATION WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM TRUE BLOODâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RYAN KWANTEN, AS DOUG WALLEN DISCOVERS.

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nown first and foremost for his drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass production, Bulletproof chose to make down-tempo beats for his debut LP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just to do something different,â&#x20AC;? he comments, explaining his reasoning behind the switch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been making drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass for so long, you get to a point where change is good. The change in tempo has allowed me to be a lot more musical than what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m known for with my drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass production,â&#x20AC;? says the artist, adding however he is not done with drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass by a long shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still making drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass all the time, still signing artists, doing the radio show, running Cyanide etcetera. My passion for drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass has not changed at all; in fact I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably rekindled a lot of the love I have for the music.â&#x20AC;? Bulletproof says the idea behind the album, Soundtrack To Forever, is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;culmination of working with loads of different artists, and the desire to do something different for myself.â&#x20AC;? In total, it took a year to produce, but as he explains he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t release the album for while longer. â&#x20AC;?I had to sit on the album and push back the release date for about six months to get the timing right for the New Zealand market,â&#x20AC;? he says, adding how the delayed release date actually turned out to work in his favour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It [the album] debuted in the New Zealand Top 40, and has just been nominated for the prestigious Best Dance/ Electronic Album at the Vodafone New Zealand music awards, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been received really well. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier.â&#x20AC;? Soundtrack To Forever boasts numerous collaborations on the 22-track album with New Zealand and international producers and vocalists. Bulletproof tells of how he enjoys working with and without others in the studio, equally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love bouncing ideas off people, and I love the motivation having someone else producing with me gives me when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m right there in the moment. I work really hard to try and achieve what the other producer is putting forward in their ideas,â&#x20AC;? he explicates, reflecting on the time he has spent working with artists like Truth, Optimus Gryme, Tiki Taane and MC Stamina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the flip,â&#x20AC;? he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the freedom of working alone, not

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or someone who came late to songwriting and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the highest opinion of his work, Charlie Parr is doing alright for himself. In advance of his third Australian tour in less than 18 months, the Minnesota singer/guitarist is on the phone from Wales, after playing Cardiff the previous night. Considering the kind of rickety, outmoded folk and country blues Parr plays, perhaps it is strange that he manages to tour the world. His close relationship with Australia is almost a fluke, manifesting after his song 1922 was used in a popular Vodafone commercial. Soon Parr was touring here in support of that titan of Aussie song, Paul Kelly.

having to keep anyone happy or think about anyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s input â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I can be quite stubborn sometimes.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to how much input those collaborators have on the final outcome of the tracks, Bulletproof explains itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a mixed bag. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some tracks were made from stems, some tracks had people in the studio with me,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some tracks are remixes so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a combo.â&#x20AC;?

It must have been daunting to face such massive crowds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to describe it, actually,â&#x20AC;? Parr admits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul made it a lot easier. He made me feel right at home. I felt like part of the crew and that helped a lot.â&#x20AC;?

The change to producing purely down tempo production came naturally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was emancipating, a complete carte blanche musically,â&#x20AC;? Bulletproof confesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A fresh perspective and a clean slate so to speak.â&#x20AC;? However, he is adamant that his purely down-tempo album does not reflect a permanent change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never moved away [from drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass],â&#x20AC;? he decisively states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find it odd that people perceive drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass producers who also make dubstep as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ship jumpersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? exclaims the artist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Production wise, dubstep, whether the elite or die hard fans choose to acknowledge it or not, has taken a lot of its cues from drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass production techniques. A lot of famous dubstep producers are failed drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass producers too, so I find it quite humorous that diehard dubstep fans come across so high and mighty about the sound. I can look back at my drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass career and rest comfortably in the fact that failing at drumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bass is something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever have to worry about.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Bulletproof WHAT: Soundtrack To Forever WHEN & WHERE: Friday 24 September, Shape, East Perth

Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father was a huge influence, sharing not just his admiration for roguish sorts but his all-encompassing love of music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one that got me listening to folk music,â&#x20AC;? Parr recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All he listened to was old country, folk, and blues. He had a lot of records around the house. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I remember hearing when I was a kid.â&#x20AC;?

Beyond the Kelly connection, Parr has landed a song on Underbelly and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; much more impressive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; provided the soundtrack for the upcoming Aussie film Red Hill, starring True Bloodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryan Kwanten. It just happens the director is the same guy who made that Vodafone commercial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of an Australian western,â&#x20AC;? says Parr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen it, but I read the script and thought it was fantastic. I had done some music in a couple of independent documentaries in the States, so I was pretty excited to participate.â&#x20AC;? Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent ties to our country donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end there. On the very first song on his new album, When The Devil Goes Blind, Parr sings about Ned Kelly. To be fair, he also tackles the outlaw of I Dreamed I Saw Jesse James Last Night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad was obsessed with Jesse James when I was a kid,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not supposed to admire outlaws very much, but you do, especially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re younger. And I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really grown up too much yet. When I got to Australia the first time, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about Ned Kelly. Then I read all the books and was completely obsessed. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now joined Jesse James in my little lexicon of outlaws Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not supposed to admire.â&#x20AC;?

When Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father died suddenly in 1995, it was such a shock to Parr that he began writing songs as a way of coping with the loss. He kept at it for years, not taking it seriously as a profession until he made his first recordings in 2000. Three years later, he was doing well enough touring and releasing records that he was able to leave his job to concentrate on music. Today he has a handful of acclaimed albums as well as a cult fan base thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing all the time. And in a musical landscape thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suddenly ripe with nostalgic folk music and other old sounds, Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gritty voice, world-weary lyrics, and threadbare sound ring extraordinarily true. In fact, the only things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear on When The Devil Goes Blind are guitars, banjo, vocals, and Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own tapping foot. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stripped down even by his standards, considering previous records included guests on harmonica and washboard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never played with a band, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be able to. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different skill set altogether. I like playing by myself, but this is the first time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recorded without any sort of percussionist or harmonica player.â&#x20AC;? As for touring alone, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to bring anyone with me, times being what they are. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably bring along a harmonica player for company, if I could.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Charlie Parr WHAT: When The Devil Goes Blind (Level Two/Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Wave Rock Weekender â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday 25 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til Sunday 26 September, Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden; Monday 27, Mojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, North Fremantle; Perth Blues Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tuesday 28, Charles Hotel, North Perth

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NEW DISTRACTIONS

HAPPY AND SAD SONGS

REGURGITATOR HAVE JUST RELEASED A CRACKING NEW EP. TOMAS FORD CAN’T FOCUS ON ANYTHING FOR LONG, SO HE COMPARES NOTES WITH QUAN YEOMANS.

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aving been on the cutting edge of Australian pop music throughout the ‘90s, Regurgitator now find themselves in an odd position. Though successful enough to have rested on their laurels by now, they continue to make catchy records and their live act remains a fixture of the pub and festival circuit. Following the somewhat muted reception to their synthpop-heavy album of a few years ago, Love And Paranoia and the bouncing crowds that soaked up the hip hop inspired party bangers of Quan’s solo record, the band have regrouped for a new national tour and EP, Distractions. From the outside it seems to be a clear change in direction, but from the band’s co-frontman Quan Yeoman’s perspective the change in sound has been a natural evolution. “It just feels like we haven’t made a record for ages and ages. A lot of things have changed our lives, since [Love And Paranoia] anyway. I was living in Hong Kong for a few years and Ben was travelling around a bit. This has been the first time we’ve lived in the same city for a few years. In Melbourne we’re both kind of new, so we’re just settling in and trying to get back into a way of thinking about the band and making music again, which is a little more in line with the way we started out.” He sounds energised by the bands’ new perspective. “We’re kind of changing our modality – as far as recording and thinking about bands and albums and stuff like that, I think we’re going to move away from that. When I got back here, we didn’t have enough tracks for a record and we did this EP because we didn’t have time. After thinking about it, we realised it’s more appropriate for us.”

RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA FOR HER FIFTH OR SIXTH VISIT – SHE CAN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY – FORMER NOUVELLE VAGUE SINGER MÉLANIE PAIN CHATS TO MICHAEL SMITH. they want to leave it alone and work on something else. Usually you’re just working on one track at a time. You start on a bunch of tracks and by the end of the album they’re six months old and you go back and listen to them and ask ‘are these even relevant anymore? Do I like them anymore?’ It’s a very difficult thing to finish.” Yeomans is interested to see if this new pattern of releasing will free up their creativity. “Putting an album together is always a nightmare for us because we’re so eclectic, so it will be interesting to see what happens if we work on a song by song basis. And how wide or narrow the range of the songs will be. Hopefully we won’t just be drip-releasing crap; we’ll be releasing decent songs with good videos and good artwork. The idea is to compile these tracks when we go out on tour and do limited pressings on vinyl or CD.” The new approach extends beyond recording to affecting their entire way of working. “We tend to think of ourselves as less of a band and more like a couple of creative ‘dudes’ who just happen to tap into doing music. We like doing art. We like doing weird projects like the Bubble, or doing a theatre production with the Rock Show people up north, or doing Akira in Sydney. It just makes more sense for us to think of it that way and less like a hard touring, album-producing band.” For their forthcoming tour, Regurgitator are aiming to keep their fans satisfied, while throwing in a few new surprises. “There’ll also be some new visual aspects; that’s something I liked from doing the solo stuff, it’s a bit of a pain in the arse to get together but it really enhances the show.” WHO: Regurgitator

Regurgitator plan to release records as they are finished, without having to endure the prolonged process albums necessitate. “Most musicians will have an idea for a song and really want to push it all the way to the end, unless something dramatically difficult happens and

WHAT: Distractions (Valve) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 26 September, Walkington Theatre, Karratha; Monday 27, Amplifier, Perth

SWISS CHEESE

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Growing up together in Adelaide – a city that Sidhu claims they will never leave, at least for good – the bassist laughs when he recalls the days of old, sitting around and listening to disco music in their parked cars. And although their hometown may have been christened the ‘City of Churches,’ Sidhu (aka Sid) expresses that it has always been much more than priests and nuns. “It’s funny that you don’t hear a lot about Adelaide, and that’s how it’ll probably continue to be because we’re dwarfed by Melbourne and Sydney. “It’s actually pretty surprising to a lot of people when I mention that we’ve had a really healthy techno and disco scene over here since the mid-’80s and we’ve also had a few key clubs that have supported the camp, club disco style,” he says. “There were also these stories – like how local DJ HMC sold over 80,000 house records – kickin’ about while we were in our younger days. It’s quite a fertile city and the clubs are not too dissimilar to the ones in bigger places like New York. We have the same bearded, dancing guys.” Not only has The Swiss done remarkably well in its own right (their Bubble Bath EP has helped to keep their label – Modular – in business), this motley crew has clearly benefited from Empire Of The Sun, who they are 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

The resulting album, produced by the man behind Nouvelle Vague, Marc Collin, is very diverse, from straight ahead pop to French chanson, inspired by the likes of Harry Nilsson and Françoise Hardy, all delivered in Pain’s soft, sensual voice. “I think for me it’s very good, all these diverse feelings because when I do live shows or when I sing all these songs it’s really rich and I can really play with it. I think it’s great, and I listen to all kinds of music so I guess I’m really influenced by all different things. I had a lot of fun writing these songs and I’ve really enjoyed playing them live. I think like a lot of first albums, people want to put everything in so I think My Name was a bit like this; I wanted to put all the things I want to do in music on my first album, so I think that’s why it goes everywhere. Pain writes and sings in both French and English, though oddly enough the English songs seem to predominate. “It’s really weird,” she admits. “It really depends I think but sometimes I begin with a really nice lyric in French so the song stays in French, and sometimes I work on a melody and it’s quite clear very quickly if it’s going to be in French or in English. I think for me, French is to express sad and melancholic stuff and English is much

more positive and straightforward kind of songs, like affirmative, so I think if I want to say a complex thing about love and melancholic stuff so it’ll be in French, and, oh, I want to say, you know, very positive and happy stuff it will be in English!” As she makes clear, Pain is someone who prefers to work in collaboration rather than alone, so as co-writers, she invited a few big names within French musical circles as well as from the broader European community. Julien Doré is one such famous French singer, who duets with her on the song Helsinki. Then there’s Norwegian folk star, Thomas Dybdahl. “And he never sang in French before, so it was quite funny because he didn’t understand any words he was singing! He was imagining his own story, and I worked with a lot of people for the writing of the songs, so I worked with [singer] Phoebe Killdeer from Nouvelle Vague, which I was touring with; I worked with Villeneuve, who is an old friend of mine who I kind of started music with – he wrote lots of songs for me – I don’t think there’s one single song where there only one person working; it’s really a collective work this album, and I still work with them a lot.” WHO: Mélanie Pain WHAT: My Name (Cartell) WHEN & WHERE: So Frenchy So Chic – Sunday 3 October, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

WILD MOTHER

“I GUESS WE JUST WANTED SOMETHING THAT WAS CHEESY AND NEUTRAL,” IS HOW THE SWISS’ SURAHN SIDHU DESCRIBES THEIR APPELLATION. TED SCHLECHTE TALKS TO THE CHATTY GUITARIST ABOUT ADELAIDE, “CAMP” NIGHTCLUBS AND LUKE STEELE. ruman Capote once said, “Disco is the best floor show in town. It’s very democratic, boys with boys, girls with girls, girls with boys, blacks and whites, capitalists and Marxists, Chinese and everything else, all in one big mix.” Whilst these words may not have the standing they used to hold, South Australian get-up The Swiss are quickly coming up through the ranks as what can be called a modern disco ensemble. Yet despite the fact that their genre of choice often borders on the more cloying side of things, this is no KC & The Sunshine Band; they draw on the sounds of modern electronic music nearly as much as the classics.

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y Name was really written over five years of touring with Nouvelle Vague,” the softly spoken Pain, whose debut album was released exactly a year ago, explains. “I was touring a lot and I was trying to work whenever I’d come back to Paris on the weekend and so it was really like a long kind of writing process but I think it’s very good because I can really date some of my songs. At the same time every song was really spontaneous and really quickly done, like over a weekend. Some of them were really about what happened five years ago, from then to just a year ago – it’s kind of an historical reference of my life really – and I worked with a lot of people. I love to work with people and get inspired – I hate being alone in my room and trying to write a song by myself, it’s horrible!”

FROM MIAMI VIA HONG KONG TO FINDING PERSONAL AND CREATIVE RESOLVE IN PARIS, PARTY GIRL, NOW MOTHER UFFIE DISCUSSES THE JOURNEY TOWARDS HER RECENT DEBUT ALBUM WITH CARLIN BEATTIE. the backup band for. “Well, the silent fourth member of The Swiss is our producer, Donnie Sloan. He wrote [some of] the singles for Empire, so was heavily involved with the conception,” Sidhu proudly, and modestly, notes. “Tony [Mitolo, the troupe’s drummer] also worked with Pnau, Nick Littlemore’s outfit, and I helped out on the last record. So, we all kinda knew each other and were vicariously involved in the formation. When they ultimately wanted to bring Empire live, they definitely knew a point of contact. “This all coincided with getting signed to Modular, which put us into overdrive. The Swiss has been a success in its own right, but it has also been great to do the extra touring around that we have been doing. It’s pretty unheard of, for a band to do this within the first 12 months of forming – and we’re very thankful for the opportunities.” As for working with Luke Steele, a performer who has not always been the easiest of sorts to deal with, Sidhu has nothing but compliments. “I guess the people who have negative things to say about Luke experienced him in his younger years, when he was in the Sleepy’s [The Sleepy Jackson]. You know what rock’n’roll is like – there is a lot of smoke and mirrors. Not to say this isn’t happening now with Empire, but nowadays it’s more about the smoke and glitter,” Sidhu laughs. “But working with Luke for the last 18 months has been awesome. He has a child, and so do I, and he’s a very interesting person. Life definitely needs more interesting people like him. He has a very fine vision of what he wants and has been gracious enough to get The Swiss involved too.” WHO: The Swiss WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, East Perth

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nside her record publisher’s office, Uffie (born AnnaCatherine Hartley) can be heard at the centre of a buzz of industrial clamour and conversation. Coffee in hand, Hartley finds what seems a rare and fleeting moment for respite. “It’s been quite a week,” she exhales. “I’m currently between video shoots – six-in-the morning-to10-at-night work days. It’s more likely we won’t finish here until 11 o’clock tonight.” Cut short by a frantic exchange, a voice in the background informs the artist that her day (or rather night) will likely finish much later than originally planned. She returns un-phased. “Yesterday my friends kicked me out of where I’ve been staying. They called me up wanting to go out and would have disowned me if I hadn’t gone alongside. I went along to the Venice Film Festival with them… We ended up with Joaquin Phoenix in a club afterwards. It was a wild night.” Any stories beyond this however are unlikely to spill from Hartley herself. “I’m saying nothing further,” she giggles. “Not if I want to keep my self-respect intact.” The 22-year-old is obviously accustomed to life on the fly. As the American native explains, her eclectic existence began well before being signed to iconic French electronic label Ed Banger Records as an 18-year-old. “I was sent from where I lived in Florida to live with my dad in Paris. I wasn’t always the most well-behaved little girl. Looking back, I probably enjoyed getting into trouble. My dad’s from Liverpool – he’s quite crazy and introverted. I think I’ve been influenced a lot by him… He gave me the name Uffie. It started off when I was very young as ‘oeuf’, meaning egg, and somewhere along the way turned into Uffie. That’s what he’s always called me and I’ve stuck with it into music.” Within two years Hartley had taken herself from high school dropout to international artist – the singles Pop The Glock (2006) and Tthhee Ppaarrttyy (with label-

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mates Justice in 2007) at the tip of her genre-splicing, trend-cutting sabre. “Pop The Glock was where it really all started there,” the musician continues. “The track is a play on words about pretty varied things. It’s full of fun metaphors. Because that’s where many people began with my music they seem to listen to my songs in the same way and read things in that aren’t really there – put meanings to my songs and lyrics. That’s cool, but I’m not trying to say too much that’s too specific. The words aren’t meant to be taken literally. I’m expressing whatever I feel, on whatever. When I’m coming at a track I just go with it.” For many, the wait between Uffie’s earliest releases and her debut album has been all too long. The artist herself however recognises the three years following her launch into and amongst the synth-pop elite and today (with the release Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans) as an enlightening and necessary period of transformation. “I’ve changed a lot since then, both personally and professionally, which is important for me with the release of an album,” she opens up. “Of course I’m a mother now, which really brings a whole new perspective to things. Obviously I haven’t been able to go to clubs every night and get home at daylight. The period has been about finding that balance to life. I think this shows up a little in the album. [Pregnancy], surprisingly helped push the album along. It brought something new and gave me that bit extra that I needed. For me, I think that’s what keeps you going. When you get stuck, or find yourself in a place that just doesn’t feel right, you’ve got to pack up your surroundings and move on… Move ahead. If [the album] was released in 2007 it would be a completely different thing altogether.” WHO: Uffie WHAT: Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans (Ed Banger/ Because/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, East Perth


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The 6th Australian Music Prize is NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES! AUSTRALIAN RECORDING ARTISTS ACROSS ALL MUSICAL GENRES ARE NOW INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR FULL LENGTH ORIGINAL ALBUMS RELEASED IN 2010. ALL ENTRIES ARE SUBJECT TO OUR JUDGING PROCESS WHICH WILL PRODUCE A SHORTLIST OF THE 9 BEST ALBUMS OF 2010 TO BE ANNOUNCED EARLY IN 2011. ONE OF THE 9 COULD GO ON TO WIN THE AMP TOGETHER WITH $30,000 CASH COURTESY OF PPCA. THE AMP EXISTS TO PROMOTE, ENCOURAGE AND REWARD AUSTRALIAN MUSIC OF EXCELLENCE.

ENTRY DATES: 13th September to 29th October - 2010* *To encourage early submission, a substantial discount to the entry fee will be granted to all submissions prior to the 1st October 2010

TO ENTER VISIT WWW.AUSTRALIANMUSICPRIZE.COM.AU Judges: Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy), Tim Freeman (The Whitlams), Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Holly Throsby, Lorna Clarkson, Pete Luscombe (Paul Kelly), Urthboy, Romy Hoffman (Macromantics), Kram (Spiderbait), Renee Geyer, Cameron Bruce, Andrew Mast, Bernard Zuel, Clem Bastow, Dom Alessio, Richard Moffat, Simon Collins, Mish Stampfli, Darren Levin, Iain Shedden, Mikey Cahill, Kathy McCabe, Alan Brough, Chris Berkley, Dave Clarke, Michelle Rains, Mike Glynn, Sarah Thompson, Tom Beaumont, Greg Rutherford.

WINNER

PATRONS: Anne Haebich, Luke Bevans, Bill Cullen, Chris Johnston, Colin Daniels, Craig Hawker, Damian Trotter, Dave Faulkner, Ian James, Jessica Ducrou, John O’Donnell, Michael Chugg, Michael Parisi, Phillip Mortlock, Sally Howland, Sebastian Chase, Tim Janes

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WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER

The Rock is back! Returning for its fifth year, the Wave Rock Weekender is set to be the finest party in the desert when it takes in Hyden’s Wave Rock Caravan Park this Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September. Kicking off with a live telecast of the AFL grand final, after the final siren it’s time for two days of tunes with one man blues band Bob Log III, folkie Charlie Parr, dream popster Dan Kelly & His Dream Band, Custard frontman Dave McCormack, global rhythm force Tijuana Cartel, indie upstarts The Jezebels, Latin star Chico Mann, horror country band Graveyard Train and Melbourne singer/ songwriter Emily Ulman. On the local front, Stoney Joe, ShockOne, Paul Greene, Sunshine Brothers, Umpire, Ruby Boots, The Joe Kings, Split Seconds and Wave Rock’s favourite daughter Abbe May all perform. Plus there’s movies, camping and a giant rock for everyone to climb on. Head to www.soulhighway.com.au for all the information you need and tickets now!

BOB LOG III

FRONTLASH

BACKLASH

FITTING PRISON TORTURE

HUZZAH FOR THE SHOPKEEP

Apparently not doing too well after his first week in prison for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis, George Michael has had to suffer fellow prisoners singing hits Freedom and Faith to him. Seeing as though we’ve had to endure such torments for decades now, it’s justice well served.

State Gov has passed legislation enabling major retailers to soon be able to trade until 9pm on weeknights. Woo...ah. Hang on, what about the small retailers? Plus the Sunday trading dilemma is now arguably even less likely to be solved. One step forward, two steps backward.

QUEEN OF COMEDY

HELLINGWOOD

Sacha ‘Ali G’ Baron-Cohen looks set to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic. That’s a royal move we can’t wait to see, even if he fails his first noncomedic role (which would likely result in the funniest movie ever).

‘90S BRISVEGAS FLASHBACK

With Custard frontman Dave McCormack, Regurgitator and a little ol’ band called Powderfinger all in Perth this week, it’s like a pineapple-soaked wet dream for fans of banana bending ‘90s music.

ENTER SHIKARI CAPITOL, PERTH 18/09/10

Collingwood have made the AFL Grand Final, so there’s a reasonable chance that this time next week they’ll be the reigning premiers. When their fans all gather together it makes the orc armies from Lord Of The Rings look like the Miss Universe pageant, so expect the worst. Then again, even that might be better than seeing Dane Swan continuing his pathetic Brownlow sad if they lose.

HE LIVES!

The late, great Barry White is set to ‘return’ to the silver screen as a ghost who dishes out love tips in Joel Schumacher’s next comedy. Genius.

DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : DAN KELLY, DAVE MCCORMACK: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 25 Wave Rock Weekender, SEP 26 Mojo’s BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: OCT 2 Fremantle Arts Centre (sold out) THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre SOUND SPECTRUM: TOMORROW THE WORLD: CALLUM G’FRORER, ADAM TRAINER, KYNAN TAN, CAM GEORGE and more: OCT 5-7 Velvet Lounge ONE MOVEMENT TWILIGHT FESTIVAL: SARAH MCLACHLAN, COURT YARD HOUNDS, KATE MILLERHEIDKE, PAUL KELLY, TODD RUNDGREN’S JOHNSON, PINK MARTINI, LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD, KADANGYAN and more: OCT 8 Perth Esplanade ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL: KARNIVOOL, XAVIER RUDD, GRINSPOON, CHILDREN COLLIDE,

BRITISH INDIA, OPERATOR PLEASE, DRAPHT, CLOUD CONTROL, SALLY SELTMANN, GYPSY & THE CAT, AN HORSE, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, PARADES, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BOY & BEAR, THE MELODICS, THE JEZABELS and heaps more: OCT 6, 7, 8 & 9: Perth Esplanade, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds DIE! DIE! DIE!: OCT 12 Mojo’s, OCT 13 Manhattans WAM SONG OF THE YEAR: OCT 13 Fly By Night MILES AWAY ALBUM LAUNCH: OCT 15 Amplifier, OCT 16 Prince Of Wales, OCT 17 YMCA HQ BASTARDFEST: RUINS, DYSCORD, BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE, CLAIM THE THRONE, GROTESQUE, MALIGNANT MONSTER, NAILS OF IMPOSITION, ENFORCE, BORN INTO SUFFERING,

DEVASTATOR, GALLOWS FOR GRACE, PSYCHONAUT, THE MIGHTY SCRAPE, MHORGL, NOCTIS, ENTRAILS ERADICATED, IDES OF MARCH, HUMAN EXTINCTION PROJECT, EMPIRES LAID WASTE and ARCHAIC: OCT 16 Civic Hotel SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN: OCT 20 Rosemount SARAH BLASKO, SEJA: NOV 5, 6 (sold out) & 7 Astor Theatre LISA MITCHELL: NOV 10 & 11 The Quarry THE BARONS OF TANG: NOV 12 Manhattans, NOV 13 Fremantle Music Festival Club, NOV 14 Fremantle Music Festival PARADISE IN BALI: NETSKY, MAKOTO, KRUST, DIE, MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND, BLACK SUN EMPIRE, STAMINA MC, THE UPBEATS, SQUIRE, BUNGLE, UTAH JAZZ, SHOCKONE, Q-BIK, KIM DELA HAYE, DJ LOW, JAVABASS CREW, DJ AKI, RAGGA

TWINS, MC WREC: NOV 14 & 15 Lotus Pond, GWK, Bali YOU AM I, YOUNG REVELRY: NOV 18 Fly By Night, NOV 19 Rosemount THE THREE UP TOUR: ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA: NOV 18 Prince Of Wales, NOV 19 Norfolk Basement, NOV 20 Amplifier AN EVENING ON THE GREEN: BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS, LITTLE RED, ADALITA: NOV 24 (sold out) & 25 Kings Park Pioneer Women’s Memorial SHIHAD, EMPERORS: NOV 25 Prince Of Wales, NOV 26 Rosemount, NOV 27 Indi Bar, NOV 28 Mojo’s JOHN WILLIAMSON: NOV 30 & DEC 1 The Quarry PERTH DANCE MUSIC AWARDS 2010: DEC 12 Rosemount CLARE BOWDITCH & THE NEW SLANG: DEC 8 & 9 The Quarry

ENTER SHIKARI BY ANTHONY TRAN Up first were Mandalay Victory. The local lads are winning plenty of big name supports of late and they had enough fans in the crowd to make an obvious impression in the mosh pit, even before the little hand had hit eight. With one member forced to be seated due to a leg injury, the band lacked some stage presence, particularly in the synchronised jumps and kicks department, but with a dirtier sound coming out of house than usual for the band, an interesting dynamic was added. Melbourne men House Vs Hurricane provided the night’s main support and for a band accustomed to headlining their own shows, they’re surprisingly uninspiring. With a more contrasting hardcore/dance-synth style than the night’s headliners, a lack of variety was exposed, another low point being the particularly disappointing clean vocals and the embarrassingly conspicuous transitions between contrasting sections. However for a band to initiate a wall of high fives, perform with the genuine enthusiasm they did and evoke as strong a response out of the audience, the criticisms cannot stretch too far. Like a cross between your polite English cousin visiting on holidays, a metal-head and a raver listening to their iPod’s too loud on the train, Enter Shikari had arrived, ready to make some

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sort of an impact. Opening with Solidarity and its throwbacks to debut album Take To The Skies, a riot erupted, punters unsure whether to mosh or to rave, nonetheless far from standing like statues. The synth heavy, electronically eclectic aesthetic of newer tracks Juggernauts and set highlight Zzzonked, as well as a new track debuted in Destabilize, proved to be a huge step up when put in direct contrast to older tracks such as Return To Energizer and OK, Now Time For Plan B, but you just can’t beat the classics. Demanding a human pyramid (which apparently reached a fourth level) for the song everyone was waiting for Sorry, You’re Not a Winner, it was clear that in an age of endless musical hybrids infesting airwaves like deranged mutants, only those truly genuine, with the best intentions at heart, stand a chance to truly captivate. In two broad genres that generally sit poles apart yet both associated with some shockingly unoriginal acts, hopefully the infinite vision and ambiguous progression of Enter Shikari will build a greater appreciation for music in general. Leaving with the intimidating rumble of, “Lets make the earth move, lets make the ground shake,” blasting throughout a capacity Capitol, how can one not feel engaged? LUKE BUTCHER THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 • 35


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NATIONAL CAMPUS BANDS COMPETITION - STATE FINAL JOAQUIN PHOENIX CRACK BEARD

A LOOK AT WHERE OUR CULTURE IS HEADING WITH MATTHEW HOGAN

WHAT’S YOUR BIT? Celebrity meltdowns were all the rage in the naughties, but now in the twenty-tens it’s all about reliving those meltdowns via carefully constructed ‘documentaries’. But what is the point of watching these public people at their worst? Why are the likes of Ben Cousins and Joaquin Phoenix so quick to let the world see them suffer? Simple: to further their careers. A few weeks back, millions of Australians tuned into Such Is Life, a two-part documentary that appeared sporadically between a slew of ads and public service announcements on Channel 7. The one-time Brownlow Medallist and premiership AFL player explained before the show that watching his documentary would be of benefit to “all Australians”. But the first part of the documentary was nothing but a rehashing of what appeared on the front cover of The West Australian every day in 2007. There was nothing new. Cousins didn’t shed any light on what was really going on in his life, or give any real explanation as to why he turned to hard drugs. He didn’t even offer useful advice on avoiding criminal charges. The second half of the doco saw Cousins on the road to recovery. He showed just how selfish he was by dumping his dad at bus stop in the middle of the night while he scored meth before they skipped to the next scene and he was shaving all of his body hair in an effort to get back onto the AFL payroll. Of course this story had a happy ending. After all, Cousins produced it. And a few weeks later Such Is Life is on DVD with an additional 120 minutes of Ben’s “brave struggle against drug addiction.” In the past week, much of the movie-going world has been discussing Joaquin Phoenix’s own carefully orchestrated mockumentary I’m Still Here. With nods to Don’t Look Back and in the same new genre of film as Borat and Bruno, which also show male full frontal nudity, JP convinced the world that he was quitting acting to become a rapper with limited skill, all the while coming across as a drug-addled, hookerboning miscreant who was an incredible arsehole to all who tried to help him. Except the whole thing was an excellently executed hoax. How can one be sure, apart from the fact that director Casey Affleck last week admitted it was the performance of Joaquin’s career? Simple, Affleck is married to JP’s sister Summer, and I imagine Summer wouldn’t take too kindly to her husband exploiting the downfall of her brother. Instead they’ve just created a prime example of post-modern cinema where the audience leaves with more than just a headache thanks to a bunch of 3D effects and deafening digital explosions. So why compare the two? There are lots of similarities beyond the over-abundance of scantily clad men and the apparent downfalls of two incredibly talented men at their chosen trades. Both films saw the subjects have the final say over how they were portrayed, and both films will only do wonders for their careers in the public spotlight. Maybe, just maybe, it’s a good thing to show the dark side of these two prestige careers. Maybe it’s a good thing to let young impressionable minds see that even the most talented people in acting and sports can easily fall victim to drugs and ego. But is it a good idea to leave the impression that bucketloads of money can be made by succumbing to the lure of white powder? Do you go through bins of Perthonalities? Please send all dirt to mhogan@drumperth.com.au to go into the running to win a copy of Such Is Life on DVD. 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

Rosemount Hotel, North Perth 17/09/10 The West Australian field for NCBC 2010 had been whittled down to just seven bands representing the cream of the talent vying for the state crown and the pick of the prize pool, and like every NCBC final there were seven bands almost all equally deserving. A formidable batch of talent from UWA dominated the opening slots with Lionel pulling an early crowd and getting the venue pumping. The three-piece suffered from a few technical difficulties but there wasn’t any faulting their solid performance and unique blend of boogie-rock and power-pop. The stage got very crowded once the eight members of Village Kid had piled on and they had a suitably big sound to match. Watching this group fly through a polished set of jazz-rock could have been a little unnerving for the other acts but there honestly wasn’t a single band that didn’t bring their A-game to the stage. The Kirbens traded the saxophone section of Village Kid for a horn section and brought a funky, fun vibe to the stage to match. A solid vocal performance put that third UWA band into contention for the title but it was time to head south to Curtin and the post-rock of Auto Suggestion. This quartet had a post-rock vibe and drew a good share of impressed looks from the pub crowd. ECU’s The Caballeros were obviously fired up and shooting for the win when they set the stage alight with a blistering flurry of rocking

VILLAGE KID BY BEAU DAVIS good times and by the time they’d finished the odds of them taking out the Nationals had shortened to almost even. Sorry for jumping the gun a little there, in all actuality it came down to wire on the night and a rock quartet with the unassuming name of Dave kept the good tunes rolling and took out the crowd favourite prize. Indie folk quartet Rachel And Henry Climb A Hill rounded out a diverse night with a healthy mix of genres and when it came time for the winner announcements they managed to take out the runners-up prize. As you may have gathered, The Caballeros were victorious and take the home-venue advantage to the Nationals – be at the Rosemount next Friday 1 October and show your support! TRISTAN BROOMHALL

WELCOME BACK , GRESHAM

DRUM CATCHES UP WITH MATT GRESHAM TO GATHER TOUR STORIES AND HOW HE’S SHAPED AN EVEN MORE FORMIDABLE RETURN LIVE SHOW. How long was the tour and where did you venture to? Three months and I went through the whole of Europe and Australia. What city had the craziest crowd? Lisbon in Portugal – they love Australian music. Based on this tour, what song is guaranteed to make your fans go nuts? Gracetown. What was your favourite venue to play at? The Secret Garden Party. There was 25,000 people at the festival going nuts! Anything else happen out of the ordinary? I fainted on a German train because I was going to the gym and playing music non-stop. I had no recovery time; not a good idea! How does this tour compare to others you’ve done? It doesn’t really. Where was your worst gig and why? The worst show was busking in Germany – this kid wouldn’t stop screaming. What advice would you give to any Perth bands planning to tour? Eat healthy! Did you write any songs when you were away? I wrote a song called Blessings about how lucky and stoked I am to be living in WA.

THE CABALLEROS BY BEAU DAVIS

What can we expect from your return show? A three hour Matt Gresham show with every song I have ever written. WHEN & WHERE: Friday 24 September, Fly By Night, Fremantle; Saturday 25, Rockingham Hotel; Sunday 26, Southerlys Hotel, Port Denison

BOOK ED THE LAST LIVING SLUT: BORN IN IRAN, BRED BACKSTAGE.

BLUD

BLUDSPORT MARK SHOLTEZ

TRUTH BE TOLD Returning home from the USA where he recorded his sophomore album with Grammy Award winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin), Mark Sholtez is set to embark on an Australian tour. The Brisbaner will be peddling his album The Distance Between Two Truths, featuring co-writes with artists including Alex Lloyd and members of Aqualung and Snow Patrol. See him at Manhattan’s on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

A SONG IS A PORT CITY After a year of capacity shows at the home of Song Lounge, The Ellington, the series is now at Mojo’s, running on the fourth Tuesday of every month until November. The next edition sees Helen Shanahan, Adrian Wilson and Jules Lutero this Tuesday 28 September. Helen and Julius are seasoned Song Loungers, both having performed for North Street Music on two occasions, including Mojo’s alongside the wonderful Mike Rosenberg over Easter in 2010.

SUBIACO SHUFFLE The Spring Collection tour continues on to Subiaco. Tonight Thursday 23 September sees The DomNicks joined by Paul McCarthy’s new band The Wishers at the Llama Bar. On Sunday 26, The DomNicks perform as part of the Winter Concert Series at Kings Park. The free gig commences at 2pm. Catch the kings live before they step into Kingdom Studios to record a full-length second CD.

Unearthed High 2010 finalists from Wesley College, Blud’s sound is nasty and melodic all at once. Compared to a disco battle between The Rapture and Dukes Of Windsor, the trio comprised of Cote Silver, Thom Wolfe and Robb White will be working the Parklife crowd into a massive dancing frenzy this Sunday 26 September at Wellington Square, courtesy of them winning the Parklife Locals comp. catch them in-between a who’s who of the coolest acts out y’all!

FEEL GOOD STORMS Last seen in Perth supporting Tegan & Sara at Freo Arts Centre in May, Sydney-based moody indie popsters The Jezabels are returning to Perth to play the Wave Rock Weekender taking place on September 25 and 26, as well as a headline show of their own. With their third EP Dark Storm following on from The Man Is Dead and She’s So Hard and released on October 1, The Jezabels play a sold out Mojo’s with support from Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke on Friday 24 September.

MOLETA MARKS HIS MARK Fresh from releasing his latest album Timesheet, Benedict Moleta is tuning his guitar ahead of his solo support slot for Brisbane’s Mark Sholtez this weekend. Taking place at Manhattans this Friday 24 September, tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON If Parklife ain’t your thang, then perhaps Darklife is! Taking place at The Den on Sunday 26 September, Perth’s finest hard hitters are coming together with Reapers Riddle, Ill Vision, Threshold, Arkarion and Caprycon for a mere $10 from 5pm. Fluoro bans apply.

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ROXANA SHIRAZI Harper Collins Most books that could cause a fatwa in Iran don’t involve being urinated on by one of the members of Avenged Sevenfold, but this one does. Do I need to go on to convince you to read this book? Roxana Shirazi is ‘a slut’. It’s okay to call her that because she calls herself that and makes no excuses for it. This girl has slept her way through every ‘80s metal hair band you can name, and apparently had the time of her life doing it. From being sprung by Axl Rose during anal sex to chatting gardening tips over dinner with Nikki Sixx, there’s chapter after chapter of fantastic stories throughout Shirazi’s life. There’s also a gutwrenching tale of lost innocence and heartbreak woven throughout them. Dragged from her beloved sunny streets of Iran as a child Roxana was taken to England to escape the escalating violence and danger of war torn Tehran. Suffering at the hands of an abusive stepfather and a broken mother, she found an escape in rebelling with rock’n’roll. Fiercely beautiful writing keeps you reading. Images of Shirazi in compromising positions wearing traditional Iranian headwear have already caused a stir worldwide. It’s a brutally honest insight into, not only the world of groupies and their politics, but also the rebellious mind of someone raised in an oppressed society, all told in an intelligent and articulate way. BETH PARKER


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ANGUS & JULIA STONE Fremantle Arts Centre 18/09/10 SPACE INVADAS

AS WE COUNT DOWN THE WEEKS UNTIL THE 2010 JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, BRYGET CHRISFIELD ENCOURAGES THE CONTENDERS TO PONDER THEIR ODDS.

SPACE INVADAS Nomination: Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Soul:Fi (Invada Records) Where were you when you found out you were nominated? I was in front of my computer reading my email... funny that. And then I went out and screamed it from the rooftop of my building for all to hear and told all the people at my label. How did you finance your nominated album and how long did it take to record? It was financed mainly by not spending much money recording it. I did it in my own studio where the costs are minimal. How was the songwriting process for your album? It was interesting in that I had written a lot of the music before the lyrics were written. Then Steve [Spacek] and myself would get together and he would decide what tune he wanted to write to and get to it. At the end of the session we would record what we had come up with and often that was the actual take we kept for the album. Have you ever won anything in the past? The odd meat tray raffle and an award here and there.

The grounds at the Fremantle Art Centre made a perfect setting for the evening’s acoustic folk event. From the gentle sloped garden, right down to the front of the enclosed stage, the audience sat in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Jane Wallace provided entertainment early on, with her own delicate take on folk pop and set the night off on the right track. While most people were still settling in, the delightful pair that makes up Luluc, performed their version of traditional folk. Their arrangement of classic and steel guitars grabbed the interest of the audience towards the middle of their set, while they played an absorbing selection of songs taken from their debut album Dear Hamlyn. Highlights included the emotive Little Suitcase and a tribute to the revered Gillian Welsh, all of which established the Americana style of this promising act. Angus & Julia Stone arrived soon after to blissful applause and cheers, opening up their hour-and-a-half long show with Santa Monica Dream, one of the many tracks that would be taken from their second album Down The Way. The siblings immediately reminded us why they have gained such popularity by delivering precise yet delicate harmonies over intricate guitar picking. Julia’s distinctive vocal was delivered in a more distinct manner throughout, losing some fragility, but none of its entrancing appeal. Wearing a flowing red dress, she illuminated the stage with her alluring presence. The selection of songs were chosen well and the devoted followers would be happy to hear likes of Bella, Babylon and Wasted taken from earlier releases. While it was obvious that the majority of the audience’s respect went to the latest hit tracks, with And The Boys,

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ANGUS & JULIA STONE BY BRAD SERLS Big Jet Plane and Just A Boy receiving the greatest reception. The backing musicians added depth and colour throughout the gig, with an arrangement including violin, piano, bass and percussion. Angus & Julia displayed their wealth of musical talent by frequently changing instruments between an assortment of acoustic and lead guitars, banjo, accordion, harmonicas and the hauntingly sublime muted trumpet. The night was a definite success with the majority of participants leaving the venue content and warmed by the night’s energised and passionate performances. MICHAEL CAVES

Where will you put the trophy if you win? Straight to the pool room with all the others! What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year? I’m finishing six records that I’ve been working on for various periods of time. Steve’s also finishing several projects and in between that we have a bunch of shows lined up.

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LOVE & MERCY

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CLOUD CONTROL Nominations: Best Independent Artist; Breakthrough Independent Artist; Best Independent Album – Bliss Release (Ivy League). Where were you when you found out you were nominated? Sitting in a café with a muffin and a coffee. I think I stood up and yelled it to the heavens when I first read it. How did you finance your nominated album and how long did it take to record? With sweat and tears and years of toil. Took roughly nine months, but we kept costs down by commandeering lounge rooms as our studio. We also paid our producer Liam [Judson] mainly in love. How was the songwriting process for your album? It was remarkably like pleasurable torture, whereby they could pull a fingernail out and the wail of pain would conveniently become the melody for the next song. Some of the songs came pretty quickly, but it was generally the polishing phase that took most of the time. Some of the songs took the whole nine months. Have you ever won anything in the past? Oh, you know, bits and pieces. Heidi [Lenffer, keys/ vox] was a pretty prolific trophy collector in her day so, considering she started the band, it makes sense that we’ve managed to pick up a couple of sneaky laurels along the way. I think Al [Wright, guitar/vox] just recently won a couple of Starcraft matches, which he is pretty happy about as well. Where will you put the trophy if you win? I will install it as the knocker for my front door. Or give it to my mum and she will install it on hers. The Jägermeister Independent Music Awards take place on Friday 1 October at The Forum in Melbourne. 38 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

BLACKENED IS THE END Those sultry blues swampsters Cat Black take to the stage at the Rocket Room this Saturday 25 September. Supporting them will be the Moonlight Wranglers, Hootenanny and new band Shitbird consisting of members from Cat Black, Mongrel County, The Scotch Of Saint James and Slaughterhouse Five. Both Cat Black and Moonlight Wranglers have new tracks on the Cellar Sessions compilation, which is currently the local feature album on RTRFM. Doors open 8pm.

ROMANTIC COMEDY Releasing their first EP this Friday 24 September at the Rocket Room is Spitfire Romance. The EP was produced by James Newhouse and mastered in Melbourne by William Bowden and contains six tracks. Joining them at the launch are fellow alt-rockers Between Oceans, prog rockers Hyte and newcomers Lionel will open the night up from 8pm.

HOW NOW BROW COW? In this harsh political climate we’ve got to address the important issues Australia are faced with. We’re gonna to stop the cows! These cows keep coming to our country, eating all our grass; feeding all our children with their calcium enriched goodness, and it’s just got to STOP! And there’s only one way to do it; with big mad party bombs from The Brow Horn Orchestra live with jive at The Bird this Saturday 25 September with DJs Rex Monsoon, Ndorse and Tones. $5 from 8pm.

CITY WALLS & EMPIRES Due to unforeseen circumstances the Emerald City show scheduled for this Sunday 26 September has moved venues from the Newport to Black Betty’s. The boys are sorry for any inconvenience this may of caused though as always promise a great rock spectacle this long weekend. Support on the night comes from good friends Loose Unit, The Sure Fire Midnights and newcomers Ragdoll. $12 from 8pm.

Having spent the last few months in the USA writing album number two, Oh Mercy have released the first glimpse of the follow up to Privileged Woes via a 7’’ single named Keith Street. There’s only a few remaining copies and the band is set to pack them up and bring them west for some headline shows. See them at Manhattans on Thursday 23 September with Atlas Mountains and Amanda Merzdan, and at East End Bar for King Tito’s Dirty Disco with DJs Tcee, Perthquake’s Will & Troy, Grubby, Cooker, Sparklehorse, Azwon, Buda and Joe Macc do their thang. Tickets from Heatseeker, Mills, Planet and Moshtix.

WE CAN BE LONELY Humans parading as dogs! Sisters who call themselves brothers! Brothers from other mothers! Come and witness this strange band. Ultra-talented fiddle-wielding Lonely Brothers compete for musical interesting-ness with The Whistling Dogs and The Fabulous Fyshwick Brothers at the X-Wray Café this Friday 24 September.

TEN PART HARMONIES The outfit that the Sydney Morning Herald dubbed “The Roll Royce Of Australia Jazz” heads to Perth Jazz Society at Charles Hotel on Monday 27 September. The 10-piece Ten Part Invention have been playing together for a quarter of a century. See them from 6pm.

RAGGED GLORY Perth melodic rockers Ragdoll are fast gaining a reputation as a powerhouse live act in the South West, playing their original material alongside classic rock covers and keeping audiences in awe with their impressive live production. After several short tours visiting Bunbury, Katanning, Kalgoorlie and Kojonup, Ragdoll are excited to announce their first and only Perth metro area show this year. Ragdoll will be supporting local glam rockers Emerald City at Black Bettys on Sunday 26 September.

KULCHA KLUB This Saturday 25 September at Kulcha, one of WA’s most accomplished gypsy-world music ensembles, Trio Alegra, brings their fabulous mix of Euro-cafe favourites. They also create luscious three-part vocal harmonies, led by Sharon Willson–Imamdin’s original lyrics. Tickets are $18/13 from 8pm or presales $15 from the venue.

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One thing you have to admire about Less Than Jake is that they are always willing to try something new. Among their long and extensive discography you will find a tribute album to the musical Grease, a split with metal act Megadeth and a 7” shaped like a piece of cheese. The long running Gainsville Florida ska-punks have now announced their next release TV/EP. According to the band: “Spanning from the vintage adverts of yesteryear to the frenetic promos of modern day, TV/EP reimagines a world where pop punk and ska is the music de rigueur, and this is the soundtrack to your couch potato life. Tracklisted as anonymously numbered channels [the band is keeping the names of the songs under wraps ‘til right before release], the experience they have planned is akin to the feeling of flipping random television channels.” Expect to see it hit stores in November and it will apparently have 16 tracks and clock in at just over 13 minutes! You can of course catch Less Than Jake next year when they return to be part of Soundwave 2011. Steven Blush’s 2001 book American Hardcore will soon be re-released in an updated form. The book’s publisher stated this about its second publication: “The author has updated all of the chapters, added a new one titled Destroy Babylon, which explores the mutant forms of spirituality that came from the movement, and interviewed over 25 new subjects. Blush also has unearthed over a hundred new pieces of artwork, drafted two hundred plus new band bios, and radically expanded discography. Most significant, he has offered a new conclusion, which is an anomaly within the realm of period studies. The original book was 328 pages, and the revised edition is now 408.” The book tracks the development of US hardcore through the 1980s. The updated version will be released in November. On the subject of new albums, Polar Bear Club are considering their next one currently according to guitarist Chris Browne: “Things are coming together naturally and smoothly, and we all seem to want the same things this time around. I think the next record will maintain the variety of songs that we like, but the performance will have a little more ‘vibe’ or ‘groove’ to it if that makes any sense. We’re not going to be afraid to just take a song where it needs to go rather than micromanaging everything. It may end up being more of a pop-rock record than we’ve ever done before, but the ideas are just as quirky and intense as ever in my mind.”

SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 Soundwave 2011: Even though bands have been leaking for the last couple of weeks, the second announcement of bands provides a few more surprises. Acts added that readers of this column may be interested in include One Day As A Lion (Zack from Rage Against The Machine’s new project), Bring Me The Horizon, Millencolin, Coheed & Cambria, The Amity Affliction, H2O, Silverstein and Fucked Up. Parkway Drive: The Deep Blue tour hits Perth on Sunday 3 October at Challenge Stadium. To get you in the mood the PWD boys will be filled in for me on Short Fast Loud last night. If you missed it, head to the Triple J website for a restream. Break Even + Alexisonfire: Finally the support for Alexisonfire’s national tour next month has been announced and it’s Perth’s Break Even. Frank Turner: Has announced he’s about to start work on his first new recordings since the acclaimed Poetry Of The Deed album that was released late last year: “Well, USA, that was a lot of fun, if brief. Now heading home to hit the studio in London and make a new EP. See you in a month or so.” Terror: Keepers Of The Faith is their latest album and it’s a return to form. Produced by Chad Gilbert, this is the LA hardcore outfits best album in a long time. Fans of old Terror should check it out.


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LIVING UP TO ITS NAME

This long weekend is all about swingin’ into spring with the Kings Park Festival featuring four big days of free musical entertainment. Kick off the weekend on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September to the soulful tunes of Tres Classique and Groove Amore playing modern favourites and old time classics from 10.30am-5pm. As part of the Santos Live series, Sunday 26 will feature some of Perth’s biggest brass bands belting out swing tunes from 10.30am5pm with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, followed by the One For All Big Band and then closing with the Town of Victoria Park’s Swing Shift Big Band. Then on Monday relax at the annual Everlasting Jazz Picnic with Stevedores Jazz Band, Ray Walker, Simon Jeans & Freddie Grigson, Graham Wood Quartet and Johannes Luebbers Dectet from 10am.

100% PURE Presented as part of the UWA School of Music’s Artistry Series, Percussion Purity – Scale Variable #10.3 takes in Winthrop Hall this Saturday 25 September. Paul Tanner directs an ensemble of seven percussionists in a performance of two vastly different percussive masterworks: Steve Reich’s hypnotic Six Marimbas, a wonderfully elegant example of minimalist techniques, and Iannis Xenakis’ monumental percussion sextet, Persephassa. Tickets from Bocs.

WAM UPDATE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY

MANAGERS... TAKE CONTROL Control is a dynamic new five-stage program designed to equip mid-career music managers from around Australia with crucial business skills. The program is presented by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), and supported by the Association of Artist Managers. There will be two residential workshops. The first will be held in Terrigal near Sydney from November 14-17, with the second at the end of the program in August 2011. There will be no cost for participation, however travel will be at each participant’s expense. Guidelines and forms are available from www.amin.org.au – applications close this Friday 24 September.

WAM SONG OF THE YEAR With all 81 Song Of The Year 2010 nominees announced, WAM is gearing up for public voting of Most Popular song! The winner of the Most Popular Song is chosen from all genre nominees, as selected by an independent judging panel. These songs are then available for public listening and voting online at www.perthnow.com.au – the song collecting the most public votes from tomorrow Friday 24 September until Friday 8 October will be awarded Most Popular Song. All winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, hosted at the Fly By Night Musicians’ Club in Fremantle on Wednesday 13 October. Tickets go on sale Monday 27 September. Presale Tickets $23.50 adult or $18.50 concession including booking fee BF from www.flybynight.org or phone 9430 5976 during office hours.

UMPIRE – PREVIOUS WAM SONG OF THE YEAR WINNERS

WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” – Kurt Cobain. Helping foster a love of local is the local music industry is the West Australian Music Industry Association – a not for profit, membership based association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. Membership starts from just $30, including the four-disc Kiss My WAMi CD/DVD compilation, plus discounts from retailers and industry service providers. Visit www.wam.asn.au or call 9227 7962 (WA Regional Toll-free 1800 007 962) and join today!

RUBY SUNDAY This Sunday 26 September sees Ruby Boots give her first festival performance at the Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden. Appearing as a trio with Eliza Rogers on violin and Jesse Woodward on banjo, Ms Boots will surely provide a warm awakening for the coming down and the bleary eyed at 10am with her mix of heartening upbeat country blues and melancholic downbeat soul folk. The band also play at Manhattans on Thursday 30 with Stereoflower and The Wishers.

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ONE THOUSAND YEARS Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day to now: One Thousand Years has been around for a while now – since before Blue To The Bone changed its name to The Rocket Room. That was our first gig – BTTB, 2am on a Saturday morning in mid 2005 and we thought we were awesome. A lot has changed since then – for both the Perth scene and for the band. We never really put much effort into the band or our music until last year when we decided to get our act together and record our debut EP, Chateau de la Spaceman. Tell us about your release: The EP is called Chateau De La Spaceman. It’s our very first release ever. It’s got six tracks and the most awesome cover you could get your hands on! How did you go about recording it? The EP was recorded late last year with Chris’ old primary school mate, James Newhouse who now runs Real2Reel Studio. It was the first time any of us had been in a proper recording studio and we had an absolute blast! We put a lot of work into recording the EP and we wanted it to be a thank you to all of our friends and family who have supported us so far, as well as a promise that we’ll actually start trying to make something from the band. We didn’t want the EP to sound like a re-hash of a live show so we decided to change some things around and add in some extra parts – we got a brass section in for a few songs and keyboards and harmonicas and huge vocal canons and things like that – to try and freshen the songs up. We’re all really pleased with how it turned out! Tell us about your launch party: It’s going to be a spectacular night! We’re launching the EP at the Norfolk Basement in Fremantle and we’re having a Rock’n’roll Circus theme. There will be a plethora of rockin’ and rollin’ and freaky entertainment including The Smiling Assassins, Stillfire, sword swallower Matty Blade and, of course, One Thousand Years. The launch is proudly sponsored by Get Lucky Clothing Fremantle who have provided some drool worthy door prizes, which will be drawn on the night by the marvellous Ringmaster S. William Poulton.

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S aturday 25 S eptember Supported by Rose Parker + DJs spinning jazzy tunes both nights!

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What’s next for your band? We’ve got a whole bunch of new songs that we’re going to start demoing and we’ll hopefully get back into the studio early next year. We’re also currently doing the music for a local film production. WHO: One Thousand Years WHAT: Chateau De La Spaceman (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 25 September, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle

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WANTED: STREET FIGHTING BANDS: PART II ONE BAND FOR ONE MOVEMENT It’s week two of Street Press Australia’s national search for a band to close the international One Movement festival and conference in Perth during October. The national SPA network of streetpapers (The Drum Media in Sydney and Perth, Time Off in Brisbane, Inpress in Melbourne) has again been invited to host a shindig for the closing night.

MM9 From: Sydney 1. Along with all his producing and engineering work with MM9, Dan has also done remixes for Silverchair, Cog and Dead Letter Circus amongst others. 2. Ben has textural issues with most foods.

Philadelphia Grand Jury were literally carried off the stage after playing past curfew o’clock (check the footage on YouTube) last year, and this year’s gig has been upgraded to a bigger venue with British India headlining and Redcoats also locked onto the bill. And, as with last year, there is one slot left open as the Editors’ Choice. Last year, each state’s SPA publication put forward two bands from their locale for the guest slot and it was won by Queensland’s I Heart Hiroshima. Each SPA office has again been invited to nominate two acts from their state and then that list of national bands will be whittled down to one. After NSW nominated Deep Sea Arcade and the Snowdroppers and Perth offered Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke and Wolves At Your Door, this week Qld and Vic face-off:

3. Kerry can not stand Supertramp.

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4. Luke is very passionate about Muay Thai kickboxing and often practises on his band mates. They do not enjoy this.

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5. Two members of MM9 have yet to get their driving licenses.

Take the authentic country sounds of the southern American states, filter through distinctly Australian sensibilities then give a contemporary slant and no

6. Ben sleepwalks and sleeptalks on tour, often playing the role of the hero and saving other band members from ‘falling walls’ by holding the wall up in his sleep.

9. The Air Between was mixed by Mike Barbiero (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Anthrax).

WHAT: The Air Between (Red Recordings/ MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 2 October, Amplifier, Perth; One Movement Weekend Festival – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10, Perth Esplanade

ARIA ALBUM CHART 1. A Thousand Suns LINKIN PARK 2. Teenage Dream KATY PERRY 3. Science & Faith THE SCRIPT 4. Recovery EMINEM 5. Midnight Remember LITTLE RED 6. Asylum DISTURBED 7. Interpol INTERPOL 8. Flamingo BRANDON FLOWERS 9. Grinderman 2 GRINDERMAN 10. Down The Way ANGUS & JULIE STONE

MOST PLAYED TRACKS ON TRIPLE J LAST WEEK 1. Talking Like I’m Falling Down Stairs SPARKADIA 2. Radioactive KINGS OF LEON 3. Way Back Home BAG RAIDERS 4. Mace Spray THE JEZEBELS 5. Fuck You CEE-LO GREEN 6. Addicted BLISS N ESO 7. My Eagle CHILDREN COLLIDE 8. Kickstarts EXAMPLE 9. Teenage Crime ADRIAN LUX 10. Save Our Town PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY 40 • THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

DZ are a veritable eight-limbed party-starting machine, the duo of Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley having graduated from the lounge rooms and warehouses of Brisbane to the city’s biggest stages and festivals on the back of their frenetic punk stylings. They’re brash, they’re loud, they’re visceral and they’re guaranteed to bring out the hedonistic side in even the most straightlaced music listener. Probably should come with some sort of warning label, but as long as it’s loud and happening they’ll be loud and happy.

VICTORIA USELESS CHILDREN Melbourne trio Useless Children play blistering, noisedrenched punk rock, propelled by drummer Cinta Masters’ primal scream. The band’s debut album of last year, The Sky Is Falling (complete with old-school 3D artwork), perfectly captured their live fury and landed them a support slot on Dinosaur Jr’s recent Aussie tour. Just back from a 28-date run in the States, Useless Children are on the verge of very big things. Pick up a

KIMBRA copy of their new feedback-fuelled three-track EP Skin to see what the fuss is about. KIMBRA You can’t hep but feel that 2011 will belong to Kimbra in much the same way Washington has owned 2010. The New Zealand-raised, Melbourne-based singer played one of the most talked-about showcases at the recent BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane. Currently on the road with Little Red, her live show is a winning combination of left-of-centre pop smarts and tight musicianship. She’s even won the praise of celebrity blogging douchebag Perez Hilton, but we won’t hold that against her.

The Fascination Street art exhibition is takes in X-Wray Café on Saturday 25 September with Lottie Moore, Klare Buckingham and Emma Hicken exhibiting and bands The Witness, The Atlas Mountains, Laced Affair, Sugarpuss, Sean Thomas and Eva McGowan playing live along with DJs Douche Unit and Jessica Carlucci. It kicks off at 3pm and the art’s around for a month. Check Front Row for more details.

8. Luke was a member of thrash metal band Mortality.

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7. MM9’s debut album The Air Between debuted Top 10 on the AIR charts in March of this year.

10. Each member of MM9 posses the power of earth, fire, wind and water, with these powers combined they become Captain Planet.

matter how good the results you’ll still come up well short of the beautiful sounds concocted by Brisbane duo Texas Tea. Showcasing the beautifully emotive voice of Kate Jacobson, this independent band is making inroads into mainland Europe as quickly as they are in Australia, which is no surprise given the calibre of their world class songwriting and delivery.

RIDGY DIDGE IN YA FREO-IDGE THE CREEPS

JEEPERS CREEPERS The gloves are off. What started just over a year ago as little more than a bad joke has turned into Perth’s premier living breathing punk rock monster. Now a faster, tighter, more streamlined three-piece, the newly renamed The Creeps are back to fuck your shit up. Catch them at the Rosemount’s Bar 459 this Friday 24 September from 8pm with Lucille, Scalphunter and Rob Wass.

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Next Wednesday 29 September, We All Deserve To Be Loved returns to Manhattans with the The Sun Orchestra and Andy Lawson plus expect ace rock tunes from DJ Dazzle. Entry to this midweek indie dance party is $10 or $5 from 8pm.

BLUEJAY & SILENT BOB Formidable psychedelic funk rock trio and Perth ex-pats The Bluejays head back to Perth next week to launch their debut album Colours In The Window. Having supported Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Bellrays and The Black Keys, they play The Bird on Thursday 23 September and Mojo’s on Saturday 25 in support of Mister & Sunbird with King George and Echoes Of Django.

Keen to get a bit of fresh air? The crew at Didgeridoo Breath will be breaking some fierce wind next Thursday 23 September with a raw didge and drum extravaganza just across from the Fremantle train station. This up-close and personal performance will showcase the iron lungs, hands and vocal chords of Didgibreath’s own. The family-friendly eve kicks off at 7pm is just $10 at Didgeridoo Breath, 6 Market St, Fremantle.

BIG FRIENDLY GIANTS Forming recently from diverse musical backgrounds, four-piece band Stillwater Giants have developed a fusion of driving and alternative rock with a hint of reggae and blues influences. The lads are currently working on recordings with local producer Milkshake Records and are here to spread their new sound to the masses. See them at the Civic Hotel this Thursday 23 September with support from Meadow Leopard, Buried in Damascus and tusk. $4 from 8pm.

WIFE SWAP This Sunday 26 September, Simon Kelly & The Lonely Wives play the big public holiday eve bill at Manhattans. Led by guitar slayer Simon Kelly, The Lonely Wives will join Dilip N The Davs and The S.K.A.M. for a slammin’ gig laced with groovin’ rock, bangin’ reggae and some thick heavy funk to drive your long weekend! $10 from 6pm.

IS IT ANY WONDER?

Having recently scored a nomination in the WAMi Song Of The Year Awards for their track Please Pretty Please, which caps off three months of solid work to re-establish themselves Ryan Webb & The Method play the Indi Bar this Sunday 26 September. Support comes from Namoowolf Downs, Brendan Gaspari and Salv from 7pm.

It’s been a big year for Byron Bay folk popsters The Lucky Wonders, what with the release of their debut album Thirteen O’Clock and airplay on Triple J, ABC Radio National and community radio. Plus they’ve toured the whole country and now they’re coming back to WA: Applebasket Café in Donnybrook on Thursday 23 September; Robyn’s Place in Denmark on Friday 24; and Saturday 25 at Clancy’s Freo with Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill.

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Fresh from returning from a three-month tour as far as Darwin, Miche Suite are back in town and stoked to have been nominated for the Blues & Roots WAM Song Of The Year for their latest single, We’re All Gonna Die. The rest of the year holds many a show for the trio but you can catch them this Saturday 25 September at the Velvet Lounge.

The Western Australian Youth Orchestra take in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 25 September to perform William Tell. Along with one of the most recognised compositions in the world, they also tackle Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No.1 and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 4. Tickets from WA Youth Music on 9328 9859.

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HEATING UP After 18 months out of action, The Bakery is almost back with a larger main performance space, a newly covered outdoor courtyard and a range of performance, exhibition and event spaces. The Now Baking relaunch party takes in the venue on Saturday 25 September with Sydney drone popsters Songs, local psych bandits Pond, Mental Powers, smRts, the Melted Desert Trio, Diger Rokwell and DJ Rex Monsoon, and a special improvised performance from drum ensemble The Epic Of Gilgamesh. Head to nowbaking.com.au to grab tickets this rather spesh welcome back party.

MEREDITH MUSIC TOUR Off the back of their smash hit single Lying from their successful debut album Restless, those pop(ular) punks Amy Meredith are out on tour. With radio hits as Pornstar, Restless and Young At Heart also at their disposal, they play Mojo’s tonight Thursday 23 September; Players Bar on Friday 24; and Amplifier on Saturday 25; and on Sunday 26 they do an instore performance and signing at 2pm at the City Beach store in the city.

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Dan Kelly has plotted his return with his Dream Band to launch his newly released third album Dan Kelly’s Dream. With his band featuring members of Augie March and Ground Components, and his stage show featuring inflatable sea creatures and a light show on par with Perth’s Christmas Pageant, Kelly plays the Rosemount on Friday 24 September; the Wave Rock Weekender on Saturday 25; and Mojo’s on Sunday 26. Tickets to the Drum Media presented metro shows from Heatseeker, Star, Planet and Mills, while Wave Rock tickets are available from Oztix and www.soulhighway. com.au. Support comes from Custard frontman Dave McCormack at all shows.

DATE NIGHT Recently finished recording their debut album at WASP Studios, The Date will release the first single Miss Pole Dance To Me later this year. But first you can see them at The Paddo on Wednesday 29 September with Calectasia, Weapons Of Mass Satisfaction and Luke White & Steve Mullen. Free from 8pm.


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BEHIND THE LINES the original idea being to simply, as he explained to Street Press Australia in November that year, “to preserve in some way the great events that were coming through the [Sydney’s] Century venues [The Metro, Enmore and Factory Theatres]. What we’re about is creating the largest catalogue of online live music that will be there forever and that fans can enjoy again and again, as a continual showcase for bands to reach new fans not just in Australia but internationally.”

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“We’ve continued to grow the catalogue of live gigs that have been happening around Sydney by local, national and international artists obviously,” Hannigan explained, updating the Moshcam story a couple of weeks ago. “To date we’ve filmed over 800 shows [which translates to more than 8000 individual tracks and around 900 hours’ worth of content], have a new website with greater functionality and are very much moving towards the idea that fans and users can share the music with each other rather than our being just a straight delivery device. We’re also making a move into mobile, started working on an Apps so you can enjoy your gigs both on video and audio formats on your mobile phone, particularly the iPhone and iPad.

LAST MONTH, MOSHCAM WAS LAUNCHED ON BRAVIA INTERNET VIDEO, SONY’S IPTV SERVICE. MOSHCAM’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PAUL HANNIGAN TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT IT ALL.

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using Adobe Flash (now using Player 9), for its online streaming. Hannigan, a drummer in a former life gigging around Europe, brought his experience in Los Angeles where he’d been working on a couple of online “start-ups” – Citysearch and GoTo.com – to bear on the enterprise,

“And we now stream all the gigs on Bravia, the live music channel Sony operate, through Sony’s IPTVenabled TVs and Blu-ray players, which are Internetenabled, and will be particularly good for rural music fans who just don’t get the chance to get into the city that much. We have always planned for the convergence of three streams – online obviously, mobiles and IPTV – and we’ve always future-proofed our content by filming at high-definition and broadcast quality. So all of our catalogue is broadcast-ready so to watch these performance on 52-inch Bravia is astonishing. That’s obviously the optimum way to view the footage, but the Internet and mobile are still very interesting and dynamic because you can actually take the content and share it and later in a whole lot of social media stuff around it. Another thing we’re looking at doing at the moment is 3D, while in terms of the audio side of things, we’re obviously able to ramp what we have up to 5.1 surround sound when it’s needed.” Back in February, Moshcam shot Jane’s Addiction in action at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, bringing in seven cameras to capture the visuals, using at least

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one crane for one of the cameras, but a standard Moshcam shoot, depending on the venue, will entail at least four cameras, and do a live “cut” using their director and mobile unit, unless the shoot is at the Enmore or the Annandale Hotel, where Moshcam has studios. “In the Annandale we have a live edit suite upstairs and we have a number of fixed cameras as well as live cameramen, so the actual cut of the video is done live upstairs while the show is happening. Of course we can always do any post-production if needs be, but that way we feel it kind of captures the immediacy of the actual live show itself in front of the cameras – the guys are ‘playing’ their cameras if you will very much like the guys on stage are playing their instruments. It’s more of an art than a science in some ways and I think the results speak for themselves. “On the audio side, we’re kind of ramping up in many ways. Depending again on the venue and the size of the act, we multi-track most of the international bands, and they will often want to do something commercially with the footage, and the relationship with the band we have signing up is that they retain all the copyright in the recordings, so they’re free to do what they want with it essentially. Recordings we’ve done with The Specials, Midnight Juggernauts and Angus & Julia Stone, they’ve produced their own DVDs with footage that we’ve shot for them.” Bands are also utilising their Moshcam footage to present themselves to overseas festival promoters, and again, that’s at all levels, from emerging acts opening for a bigger name at the Annandale through to the big names currently touring the national circuit, the perfect live performance calling card. In terms of the current audience tuning into Moshcam, a good half of the hits are coming from overseas, initially perhaps tuning in to see their favourite acts from the US or UK in action here but consequently checking in on the likes of Cloud Control or Bridezilla because their gigs are also up there on the site for the world to enjoy. As Hannigan points out, South America for instance “eats up all the metal content.” Moshcam can be accessed via its own website at moshcam.com.au and exclusively on Bravia via the XcrossMediaBar interface on Sony’s IPTV-enabled products.


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CYPRESS HILL’S TOP 5 TOUR MOMENTS DIRECT FROM CYPRESS HILLSONGER ERIC BOBO!

1. In 1993, I was on tour with Cypress Hill on the Soul Assassins tour which included House Of Pain, Funkdoobiest and The Whooligans. We were in the Midwest I believe and we had just finished our show. Somehow, two girls decided that they wanted to “go on tour” with the band so they managed to get into the luggage bin on the House Of Pain tour bus and get comfortable for the ride to the next town. Luckily, one of the roadies had to get something out of the bin. Lo and behold, the two girls were found in there. Taking in consideration that the luggage bin could get real cold, the girls were lucky they were found because they could’ve frozen to death. Gotta love the fans, right? 2. Cypress Hill’s first time in Australia/New Zealand was in 1993 when we co-headlined with Ice Cube. The final show of the tour was in New Zealand in which we decided that we would trash the stage. We got some lighter fluid which I used to light up my percussions. We also destroyed the

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turntables. I don’t think any hip hop group since us trashed all their stuff on stage out there in New Zealand. It was so major, it hit the NZ newscast. The reporter ended their review of our show with, “At least their mothers love them.” 3. In the mid-‘90s, we were on the Lollapolooza tour, which back then was a touring festival. During one of our Midwest stops, we had a show where not only did the fans rush to the stage, but fans in the grass area started picking up chunks of grass and started throwing them everywhere. I’ve never seen a sky full of grass chunks before. Needless to say, major repairs had to be done to the grass area. All for the love of music, I guess! 4. I should’ve put this story in the #1 spot but in any case, the experience of playing at Woodstock

‘94 was probably the most incredible time I’ve had. Nothing out of the ordinary happened except that I was on the road with the Beastie Boys at the time that Cypress asked me to perform with them at Woodstock. Long story short, I left Mike D a note under his hotel room door saying that I left to play Woodstock but I would be back in time for our show in Atlanta. I didn’t make the Atlanta show due to the rain but most importantly, I didn’t lose my job with the Beasties for missing the show. Can you say close call? 5. There was a time when CH went through a “mushroom” stage where we would all take them before the show and do the show while tripping. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone…

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KIT POP YOUR STYLE? Low:fi, 8-bit crunk, boom bap. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Purple drank and a tube. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? Studio – Nano series, mpc2000xl, ms2000, oxy8, Ableton/Reason/Pro tools, Moog Voyager, Nord, micro and vocal beater iPhone app. DJing – Serato, lpd8, sp-404, Kaoscillator, turntables, sh-ex 1200. BEST DJ IN PERTH: Zeke for being the most tech guy out there; Rekab ‘cause he knows his business inside and out; Shockone & Phetsta ‘cause majority of their sets are their own material they slave over in the studio; Nathan J solid hip hop and beat productions; Ben Taaffe up to date in any genre, always plays quality. WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO AND WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO COME OUT IT? Manjimup Senior High School... a Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated model has come out of there and a couple of mini mogul businessmen. IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE, WHO’D IT BE? Um...David Rodigan

PHOTO BY BRAD SERLS is a badman; Tay Zonday would keep the days pretty entertaining; Eric Wareheim = funny; Kenny Powers or RZA. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? Chronicle Grime – Career Cats Get Tiger Suits or Corky Buchek – Bing Bang. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Jimi Hendrix, J Dilla, Richard D. James, Wes Pentz and Sun Ra – all for being innovators in their field of music. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: My mum has been very supportive from day one – she got me my first drum machine when I was 15. Dad thought I should get rid of it, but has come around since I been getting’ loonies in my pocket. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Probably not fave set ever... but the Sydney shows last year were interesting; second gig on the first night there I got a bit too lubricated from the first gig and blurred my way through the second spot. Everything seemed to go well from what I can remember, so note to self: don’t forget you have another gig the same night before you start drinking all the rider.

WHAT CREWS DO YOU BELONG TO? Paper Chain. There are a lot of other crews doing good things around the place now so the creativity is lookin’ healthy. ANY RELEASES OUT OR IN THE PIPELINE? Ink Dripper 12’ with a few new tracks and two remixes; collab with Ta-ku on the Bounce 12’’ (remix comp winners Thinnen and Dnte plus Dizz1 and The Blessings remixes). Paper Chain things including: Ylem Electric Vector 12’’, Naik 7’’, Ta-ku – Loose Change which features every human Reggie has reached out to... that man is always busy. Flip EP. Plus plenty of other new artists and material on the way. Life More Ordinary mixtape CD with Zeke; limited HAL & Paper Chain birthday mix CD; more remixes and bullshit which never see the light of day but put some loot in the pocket. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? South Rakkas Crew – Friday 24 September, The Manor; Official Parklife After Party – Sunday 26, Villa, Perth; Regurgitator support playing with Naik – Monday 27; Deadboy support playing with Zeke – Saturday 16 October, The Bakery, Northbridge

FLOORED ALIX PEREZ @ SHAPE 15/09/10 These days it seems every gig announced is more highly anticipated than the last, in the aftermath cries of commendation ring from those who attended and the ‘gig of the year’ label is waved about casually from week to week. Well, throw all the clichés you want at Alix Perez’ appearance last Wednesday at Shape, and you would still fail to express the night’s sheer awesomeness. Arriving at 7pm, it was clear there had been a mix-up as the doors of Shape remained firmly closed ‘til 8. Luckily, this was forgotten as soon Vitriol placed his first record down. A relative newcomer to the scene, Vitriol confirmed he has the skills

and flair vital to supporting a big name like Perez; he undoubtedly deserves to be re-booked in future. Next up, Deflo, took over submerging the slowly expanding crowd in warm surging bass. Deflo’s selection never fails to please, Coopers Dream by Jubei just one example of the ear-gasmic goods this man packed for the occasion. Seasoned international support DJ Muller brought his signature blend of smooth rhythms; Open Page by Lenzman featuring the sexy vocalist, Ryia helped the crowd shun shyness and creep further toward the front of the club for a boogie. As soon as Alix Perez took control, he had the crowd grooving. As you would expect Perez laid down tracks from his album 1984 and his latest release, Dark Days EP. Perez delivered an immensely smooth and deep, bass-heavy hour and a half of aural pleasure which also included gems from the Shogun Audio back catalogue, as well as older classics from Dilinger and a tantalising preview of many explosive tunes to

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come. In Perth we are undoubtedly come spoilt for choice, however, those who were present at Shape last Wednesday were duly rewarded. Perez played one of the all-round most impeccable sets of premium drum’n’bass – with locals holding their own too – that we have had in WA of late, and that is by no means an overstatement. ANGELA KING


DISCO CHOPS ELECTRO, DISCO AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN WITH TROY MUTTON Spring has officially sprung for all us disco biscuits out there and with it our credit card debt as we begin forking out for those festival tickets. Fear not though because, let’s be honest, when has it ever not been totally worth it? There’s just a few more sleeps ‘til first stop Parklife and rather than discuss how awesome it’s going to be (except for this: 2ManyDJs added!), let’s look at what you’re going to do afterwards because options are plentiful, and provide a little something for everyone. First up is the offical afterparty at Villa with none other than bassline beatmasters Jack Beats – this one’s strictly for those who are ready to continue raging if they didn’t get their fill during the day. Support comes in the form of Kit Pop, Mickey Juice and M!SPR!NT; expect banging with a healthy dose of bass. We then have the unofficial gathering at Shape, Bohemia, with DFA wizards Holy Ghost! plus some other very special guests. If you’re feeling the indie/disco side of Parklife and chasing boogie over bangers, get down to Shape where local lads P.C.J, Bastian’s Happy Flight, Lightsteed, Petrosex, Rex Monsoon and Audageous will help you dissect the day that was. Lastly, Geisha has Fork for you, and what they may lack in special guests they more than make up for with a late closing time and plenty of dirty electro/techno/house beats to keep you charging until the wee hours. Ogden V Bacich, Darren J,

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M!SPR!NT and Oli will be there to keep the good times rolling. Just make sure you arrive to all of your selected venues before Perth’s drinking laws keep you on the street! In the final piece of Parklife news for 2010 Ou Est Le Swimming Pool have (not surprisingly) cancelled their upcoming Australian tour due to the tragic death of singer Charles Heddon in August. Their debut album The Golden Years will eerily enough be released in Australia next Friday, and having had a quick listen Chops can tell you that if you enjoy Dance The Way I Feel, you’ll love the rest. Now here’s something for you movie buffs out there courtesy of Parisian kraut-disco kids Zombie Zombie. They’ve just released Zombie Zombie Plays John Carpenter and it’s pretty awesome. Carpenter used to make some amazing movies with some dark and creepy sci-fi synth scores and Zombie Zombie have re-worked the best ones including Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13, Escape From New York and The Thing. A lot of the nu-disco sounds of today owe a lot to those old ‘80s movie scores

and this release basically takes it full circle. Limelite recently won runner-up in the inthemix50 for local club nights and will prove why come Friday 29 October with Dutch Beatportdominators Bingo Players bringing some bassline/house bangers to the surrounds of Metropolis Fremantle. They’ve also invited special guest Gramaphonedzie (say that three times fast) along with local lads Jus Haus? and Zelimir. If you’re stuck in Perth that same night then you may instead want to head to the glorious surrounds of the re-opening Bakery for Louder Than Bombs featuring Scotland’s Hostage. This will no doubt be huge with support coming from Andrei “Death Disco” Maz and Time Travel Agent. Lastly, for local disco lovers Friday 1 October sees the fourth edition of Maybe Dancing Will Help at the Norfolk Basement in Fremantle. Featuring DJ sets from Bad Lover Lightsteed, Scenic kids Holy Thursday and Bouncy Castles, along with a full live band set from Black Box Despair, it’ll be loads of boogie-fun starting from 8pm.

Drum’n’bass gig of the year so far has to be awarded to Alix Perez. A packed out Shape hosted the mid week event last Wednesday which also showcased the talent of local maestros Vitriol, Deflo and Muller. Perez has been touring Australia in support for his follow up to last year’s album debut; the superb Dark Days EP features collaborations with Foreign Beggars and Noisia. The EP is out on Shogun Audio now. Knowledge Music have decided Origin Festival 2010/11 will be a strictly drum’n’bass and dubstep affair. The first announcement is but a teaser of what’s to come, with Breakage, 16Bit, High Contrast and Spor all confirmed for the event. Venue, ticket prices and full line-up are yet to be announced – stay tuned! Busselton crew Element Unknown are heading north for their next gig. UK Lad SKisM, touring for the release of his debut EP on Never Say Die Records, is playing at Bar Open on the Saturday 9 October. Proximity Effect, A-Step, J Nitrous b2b Killafoe and Arien are on support, and tickets will be available for $25 on the door. London youngster Silkie has finally announced his next album. The follow up, City Limits Volume 2 is scheduled for early 2011 however Silkie will be releasing a series of four 12” records, containing two unreleased bits which will be a snapshot into what will transpire into the second album. The first 12” is out on October 4 under the title

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FLOORED RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY SHOWCASE @ VILLA 17/09/10 Paper Chain artist Ta-ku provided the background noise first up and from outset you knew if you didn’t have ear plugs, your ears would be certainly ringing the following day. On the upside, the volume at Villa was matched with clarity and there were no sound problems at all on the night. Come 11pm, beat baron Samiyam took control and didn’t everyone know it. Shouting through the microphone intermittently, Samiyam’s hour-and-a-half set of disjointed raw loops and copious hip hop rhythms were mashed together using a sampler. The zealous crowd lapped up every bit of commentary

and occasional impromptu rap dished out. Samiyam’s beats included lashings of ominous bass tinged with a theatrical flavor that turned the dance floor into pit of swerving, convulsing contortion artists. The only female to grace the stage, Tokimonsta, shyly joined the party around 12.30am. Her meld of ghetto growling dubstep and synthetic bouncy bass proved a bit difficult for the crowd to get into after such an explosive set prior. Toki for the most part remained engrossed in her Abelton mix. An epic squealing introduction with fire engine howls opened UK producer Illumsphere’s set. The track rolled into pulsating synth-soaked beat, which was only a start on the most experimental set of the night. In a fusion of noise, strange space travel samples overridden by lazy hip hop and bellowing bass-lines, Illumsphere didn’t quite please the masses like Samiyam, however a decent crowd were in it for the long haul and stuck around to endure his confronting wall

of sound set ‘til 2.30am. Last but certainly not least, Martyn hit the stage with as expected, completely different styles to the previous DJs. Mixing with Serato, Martyn played a blend of 2-step tech tracks, and old-skool beats, tribal vibes, Detroit techno and Chicago house with Elden St. from his album sounding terrific on the big system. It’s a MARTYN BY BRAD SERLS

shame Martyn didn’t get a bigger crowd and earlier slot, as for many he was the biggest draw card on the bill. Another great night of eclectic sounds from the [move] crew and, from the throng of party-goers in attendance, fingers are crossed this kind of gig will be more regularly occurring in the future. ANGELA KING TOKIMONSTA BY BRAD SERLS

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City Limits Volume 1.2, and the rest will be out in subsequent months. The venue and date of broken beat festival Mayhem has changed. Formerly at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, the event has now moved to The Deen in Northbridge on Sunday 31 October. From 2-10pm, three stages will provide the entertainment and since the gig now falls on Halloween, there will be bar card prizes for the best costume. Check out www.mizhapproductions. com.au for more information. Diplo is releasing a compilation album dedicated to dubstep. Blow Your Head, out October 8 on Mad Decent will feature old and new tracks from a myriad of well established artists Skream, Major Lazer, Diplo, Joker, Rusko, Zomby, James Blake, Benga and more. He smashed up the dance at Inhibit’s fourth birthday celebrations and now Cern is about to release

HORRORSHOW @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL 18/09/10 Local lad Mathas had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand early in the night. His intricate, metronomic lyrical style drew the crowd out from the corners and onto the dancefloor. Next up, Melbourne’s Seth Sentry made a welcome return to the Rosie stage. His set was built around well-known tracks from the Waiter Minute EP, with Simple Game and Train Catcher generating huge responses. However, a couple of new verses showed promise for his forthcoming debut album, and naturally, The Waitress Song was an expectedly well-received closer. Sydney’s Horrorshow have built a reputation as the most promising young hip hop act in Australia, and the packed room on the final night of their second headline tour only confirmed that. DJ Adit appeared onstage first, before welcoming the

his first LP. Out on Concord Dawn’s label Uprising, Terminus follows up the Mania EP which was released last year. Described by the artist as “an album that takes its roots from techstep and funk driven d’n’b,” the album is a collection of tracks that reflect Cern’s long-established respect for legends of the scene, Ed Rush & Optical, Matrix, Konflict and Source Direct. Another Kiwi, Bulletproof, is also releasing his debut album soon. Soundtrack To Forever sees the artists exit from purely 170BPM music, and penetrate the realm of dubstep. Combining his production with top New Zealand talent including vocalists Tiki Taane (who has previously lent his vocals to Concord Dawn, State of Mind and is the live sound engineer for Shapeshifter) and Boh Runga, Bulletproof also worked with producers Optimus Gryme and Spektrum and to celebrate the release, Perth label Climate Recordings are bringing Bulletproof over to Perth to play at Shape tomorrow night. Sadly, the curtains have closed on Mary Anne Hobbs’ 14-year career at BBC Radio 1. Her last experimental show was broadcast on the September 9 and featured the illusive Burial and Kode9. MAH is off to teach at the University of Sheffield’s Union of Students radio station, TV station and newspaper however she will continue to DJ live, work in film and curate at the Sonar festival in Barcelona. Hobbs’ Thursday 2-4am (UK Time) slot has been filled by Benji B, a presenter for sister station 1Xtra, and the new program will commence in the middle of next month.

incomparable MC Solo to kick off the opening song Thoughtcrime. There’s a chance that the lads had started celebrating the tour’s conclusion a little prematurely, with Solo’s delivery lacking a little of its trademark precision. However, he certainly wasn’t lacking passion, charming the crowd with favourites such as the Oz hip hop anthem For What It’s Worth and the heartfelt She, which cunningly segued into a cover of Sean Kingston’s Beautiful Girls. Solo is one of the most intriguing talents in Australian music, combining an unassuming, accessible stage presence with undeniable technique and an almost unprecedented poetic lyricism. The Rain and All Summer Long were well received and proof that intellectual, lyric-driven hip hop can win over the punters. The evening closed with an outstanding performance of Walk You Home before Seth Sentry returned to perform Our Song, ending this fantastic gig. ALEKSIA BARRON THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 • 45


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2010 THURSDAY

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PLEASUREDOME @ ROSEMOUNT The local crown prince of electro showmanship Tomas Ford spins tunes and is looking for your worst requests plus crap trivia for crap prizes. Free from 8pm.

CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT This week Culture Clash sees Shannon Fox and the extended Play DJs hit the decks. Free from 8pm.

SHUT UP & DANCE @ TOUCAN DJ Matty J and Darren Nixx bring the party to Mandurah so strong you won’t be able to do anything but dance for $5 from 10pm.

SLIP @ THE COTT Cocktails and beats with DJ Shots and DJ Andy M from 7pm.

RITMO @ DEFECTORS DJ Moogy presents Afro Cuban and Brazilian styles. Free from 8pm.

SOUL PURPOSE @ WOLFE LANE The Soul Purpose Sound System continues its residency, joined by Cuban Brothers’ founding member, Tim King for the grooviest disco boogie funk this side of next week.

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This week Artista is down for his first Filthy Gorgeous set with support from Travis Lebrun, Nathan Francis, Bombs Away, Pasca, dMo and Jay Vicente. $10 from 10pm.

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PARKLIFE @ WELLINGTON SQUARE The festival that’s just kept getting bigger, brighter, greener and even bigger is here. Heading up the even more live/rock-heavy festival edition is none other than Bloc Party frontman Kele, US indie heroes The Dandy Warhols and six time Grammy winner Missy Elliott, complete with her 27-strong all-dancing, all-entertaining entourage. Add them to the massive line-up of 2manydjs (just added!), Groove Armada, Soulwax, Holy Ghost!, Busy P, Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, Uffie, Classixx, The Wombats, Jack Beats, New Young Pony Club, Mix Master Mike, Brodinski, The Swiss, Sinden, DJ Mehdi, Jesse Rose, Washington, Bag Raiders, AC Slater, Grum, Delorean, Darwin Deez, Dan Black, Chiddy Bang, Memory Tapes, Wolf Gang and The Glitch Mob and you’ve got many decisions to make on the first big festival of the season! Plus locals Micah, Ben Mac, Jus Haus?, Time Travel Agent, Philly Blunt, Mono Lisa, King Tito’s DJs, Death Disco, Signal Drivers, Grantley Hyde, Darren J, Jason Creek and Blud (just added!). Tickets still available from www.parklife.com at the time of writing this. Sunday 26 September.

Responsible for underground dance parties in Hong Kong and bringing dance music to the legendary Full Moon Parties in Thailand, Lee Burridge has a very healthy looking resume. See his brand of wobbly, wonky bassline driven dance music with support from James Francis, Oli, Darren J and Bacich. HELENA

LIMELITE @ METRO FREO Limelite throws open its doors to the queen of clubs Helena. The Bristolian beauty has been showing the boys how it is done at every major club and festival in the summer for quite some time and now the face of She DJ is returning to Metropolis Fremantle for a set to get you moving with support from Jus Haus and Zelimir from 9.30pm.

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The Buccaneers Ball sees skulduggery with The Neptunes, sword swallowing with Matty Blade, Butch Boylesque and Sailor Gerry plus disc jocks Barbara Blaze and Agent 85 and pirate-a-go-go with the Les Sataniques. Doors at 6pm, $10 after 8pm.

If it’s an unofficial Parklife after party you’re after, then perhaps Bohemia is more your cup of tea. Featuring a Holy Ghost DJ set, Shape’s rooms will be filled with disco, indie and electro pop. Locals P.C.J., Bastian’s Happy Flight, Lightsteed, Petrosex, Rex Monsoon and Audageous will spin tunes, more to be announced. $20 presales from shapebar.com.au or more on the door.

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Weekly night combining Perth’s finest assassins sees another round of Perth’s finest laying down the best in underground sounds. Free from 6pm.

SPRINGBREAK @ THE SHED

Eddie Electric spins indie classics and alt.sounds. $10 from midnight.

If Bhangra’s your beat then the massive Springbreak outdoor Bhangra festival is unmissable. Across two stages, the world’s number one Bhangra producer Dr Zeus will be there accompanied by his vocalist Jora Randhawa, and local royalty Mixtabishi, J-Sky, SS JOhal, Electrosim, Big Ice, Denny and Tani Ammo & Jai, plus in the Urban Desi Arena, Mofolactic, Tej, Reajit, Kesh, NFX, Shyam and Young Sachiv. Tickets from Moshtix.

Following a string of successful Australian festival appearances in 2009, Canadian dancehall futurists South Rakkas Crew are back. With a new live show featuring UK MC Serocee, the Crew will drop everything from rugged dancehall and shameless pop to hipster electro bangers and rude dubstep. Support from Earthlink Sound, Kit Pop and more. $30 plus BF from Planet, Mills and 78 Records. Melbourne indie pop band Oh Mercy are back in Perth and while here they take in King Tito’s Dirty Disco with DJs Tcee, Perthquake’s Will & Troy, Grubby, Cooker, Sparklehorse, Azwon, Buda and Joe Macc doing their thang. Tickets from Heatseeker, Mills, Planet and Moshtix.

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B-BEATS @ SAIL & ANCHOR DJ Adlustre kicks off the new Friday night action upstairs at the Sail with upfront funky beats and breaks.

SIN @ GILKISONS This Saturday DJs Brenton and Leighton join forces to galvanise this bustling metropolis at one place and at one time with electro, goth, industrial and music from the ‘80s. $7 from 10pm or $10 from 11pm.

CLUB RETRO @ MINT Chris McPhee unleashes ‘80s/‘90s party hits and retro classics each Friday at Club Retro. Free before 10pm or $5/10 thereafter.

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MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES Marco & The Rhythm Boys live plus Little Franco Berry hits the decks and Les Sataniques. $10 after 8pm.

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FORK @ GEISHA

Kid Kenobi; does need he any introduction? Ambar is the Perth home for Kid Kenobi and he returns for pre-Parklife shenanigans this weekend. With support from Ben Mac, Tom Drummond, Bulk China and Tee El, it’s $15 from 10pm.

Kick on after Parklife at Geisha with grass dancefloors (literally!) and the dirtiest, sluttiest nastiest electro, techno and house beats on offer from Missprint, Ogden V Bacich, Darren J and Oli. From 9.30pm until late. Lockout from 12.30am. Thongs are fine too. Seriously.

BASSMENT @ SWAN BASEMENT

DJs Simon Barwood, Rousa, Steven Tranzor, Pace, Daze and Ravix play trance, hard dance, hardstyle and hardcore with the Spring Fling Beach Party. Come dressed in your best beach gear to get free entry before 11pm! Early birds will be rewarded with free beach gear for the first 50 dressed in theme. Or $10/5 from 9.30pm.

PARKLIFE AFTERPARTY @ VILLA

UK SOUNDZ @ CRUSH

GOLD LIFE @ GOLD BAR

Get your fix of bass from Fusion Six, Entayl and Aztec Priest Hood for $5 from 8pm.

DORCIA @ THE LIBRARY Dorcia returns to The Library with Yon Jovi, Bad Weather, Pearly Whites and more to get you moving.

ZION TRAINZ @ SWAN LOUNGE It’s a DJ dub reggae explosion with Zion Trainz featuring DJ Afrotronix (UK/Zim), DJ Corby and DJ Zayhon for $10 from 8pm.

BULLETPROOF @ SHAPE

LADIES NIGHT @ TOUCAN

Featuring the bumpiest underground tech, the smoothest progressive, the grooviest Chicago house, mind altering techno and lets not forget deep and jackin’ house, Pascal, Jean-Paul, Chiari, Luke P, Sirius B, dMo, Aaron Richards, Nathan Francis and Jay Vicente bring the noise from 10pm. DJ Misschief teams heads up the saucy action, dishing out the beats to make the ladies go down and the guys get up. $10 from 10pm.

THE HIDEOUT @ LEEDY (DOWN) Every Friday sees The Hideout taking over to bring you the best in hip hop DJs, producers, live MCs and vocalists whipping out the

SPRING FLING @ RISE

Crush Nightclub in Joondalup presents UK Soundz with Concept b2b Traction b2b Prima with MCs Stylee and Assassin, Fusion & MC J Rippa, Rowdy & MC JK, Skinny, Ekko & Sidetrack, Deflo b2b Render, Motion and Johnny Quest. From 9pm.

TOO DAMN GLAM @ SAPPHIRE Sapphire’s new Saturday night brings you the sexiest commercial with DJs including Nik Nak, Jonny Zimber and Frankie Button.

SATURDAY @ TOUCAN DJ Samuel Spencer reminds us how to party from 10pm with nothing but good times. $10 from 10pm.

DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL Indie dance and disco banging from the best in such a biz – Death Disco DJs, plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.

JOIE @ GEISHA

WEDNESDAY CYPRESS HILL @ METRO CITY

Complete is a 17-year-old local emcee. Despite his age he is already making a huge mark on the scene. He has just released his solo CD titled Panic Disorder, which features special guests such as Layla, Bitter Belief, Smiley, Sever, Aftershock, Defekt and Grevis, who all play the launch this weekend. $10 from 8pm.

ROUGE @ GEISHA

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MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES

BOHEMIA @ SHAPE

with support from Rregula, High Roller, Dub Z and Access.

A man whose blue man cover art predates the creatures in Avatar, Sydney’s Nick Skitz has released more mix compilations than most people have had good days. Set to launch Skitzmix 35 at Rise, Skitz will do what he does best; play the hard dance music. Support from Simon Barwood, Rousa and Steven Tranzor $20/10/5 from 9.30pm. For over a decade, the name Bulletproof has defined forwardthinking, futuristic drum’n’bass. The creator of the Neurofunk style, Bulletproof is one of Australasia’s first serious d’n’b exports. This is thanks to his work on radio shows The Subsessions on GeorgeFM, plus owning New Zealand’s massive label Cyanide Recordings. See him

Jazlyn is set to be the next Australian phenomenon in R&B and urban music and she’s bringing a sound and look that’s fresh and unique. Her highly energetic live performances are creating a buzz around the nation. See it for yourself at Metro City from 9pm.

After the main event, the best place to kick on is the Official Parklife After Party. The Parklife heads have lined up master party starters Jack Beats for a post-Parklife set. In support mode is Kit Pop, Mickey Juice and M!spr!nt. Tickets from Boomtick, Moshtix, Planet, Mills and 78 Records. Come have a royally good time this Queens Birthday long weekend with tunes from king DJs Gene Bourne and Munch from 8pm until late.

PIRATE BALL @ MINT Ye olde Mint Club is throwing biggest swashbucklin’ Masquerade Ball this side of the seven seas with DJ Darren Briais and guests spinning sexy house, electro, top 40, R&B party anthems and more. From 9pm, free before 10pm, $5 before midnight or $10 thereafter.

D’N’B NEXT CROP @ RISE Next Crop features a hand-picked bunch of fresh, new Perth DJs/ producers making some damn impressive music. ChopOne, Hidemec, Kurtox, DK, DJ Vu, Pacemaker, Jazza, Xander, Ekko and Sidetrack will showcase on a combine harvester size rig. Free from 9pm or $10/5 after 10pm.

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UPCOMINGS SEPTEMBER

House, dance, retro, R&B and Top 40 from DJ Darren Briais. Free before midnight for Pop Life, $5 before 2am, $10 thereafter.

KING TITO’S @ EAST END LEE BURRIDGE @ AMBAR

HOLY GHOST

FILTHY GORGEOUS@ BAR OPEN

THE PRESTIGE @ EAST END BAR House, funk and electro with The Prestige every Thursday from 9pm with Frankie Button and guests.

Residency is back at Geisha with only the finest will performing in Lara H, James A and Joby bringing the finest, deepest and most soulful house the planet has. 11pm ‘til late.

For many years, young stoners would have found it hard to have a ‘session’ without Cypress Hill’s seminal Black Sunday playing in the background. B-Real, Sen Dog and producer DJ Muggs smoke out Metro City with full band. Tickets from Moshtix and Heatseeker.

W.A.D.T.B.LOVED@MANHATTANS Indie club night We All Deserve To Be Loved sees DJ Dazzle bring the partying to you along with live acts The Sun Orchestra and Andy Lawson. Entry is $10 or $5.

BEAT MASH@BAR OPEN (DOWN) The D’n’b madness continues with a fresh line-up to make you wish the weekends could be as fun as this. Free from 8pm ‘til 10pm, $5 thereafter.

BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT DJ Tony Allen spins tunes from 8pm ‘til midnight.

STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.

UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS TIJUANA CARTEL @ VARIOUS Eclectic collective Tijuana Cartel head back to WA for a rather extensive jaunt to launch latest EP White Dove, which shows off their skills at blending flamenco, percussion, trumpet, beats, breaks and positivity. With ShockOne in support, they take in Metropolis Fremantle on Thursday 23 September; Prince Of Wales on Friday 24; Dunsborough Tavern on Saturday 25; and Indi Bar on Monday 27 September. Tickets from Heatseeker.

TIJUANA CARTEL – Sep 23 @ Metropolis Fremantle, Sep 24 @ Prince Of Wales, Sep 25 @ Dunsborough Tavern, Sep 27 @ Indi Bar LEE BURRIDGE – Sep 24 @ Ambar BULLETPROOF – Sep 24 @ Shape SOUTH RAKKAS CREW – Sep 24 @ The Manor NICK SKITZ – Sep 24 @ Rise HELENA – Sep 24 @ Metropolis Fremantle KID KENOBI – Sep 25 @ Ambar JAZLYN – Sep 25 @ Metro City PARKLIFE: GROOVE ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, HOLY GHOST!, THE DANDY WARHOLS, KELE, 2MANYDJS, BUSY P, MEMORY TAPES, CUT COPY, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, UFFIE, CLASSIXX, THE WOMBATS, DAN BLACK, JACK BEATS, DELOREAN, DARWIN DEEZ, CHIDDY BANG, THE GLITCH MOB, NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB, MIX MASTER MIKE, BRODINSKI, THE SWISS, WOLF GANG, SINDEN, DJ MEHDI, JESSE ROSE, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS, AC SLATER, GRUM PLUS MORE – Sep 26 @ Wellington Square OFFICIAL PARKLIFE AFTER PARTY: JACK BEATS – Sep 26 @ Villa HOLY GHOST! (DJ SET) Sep 26 @ Shape SPRING BREAK: DR ZEUS, JORA, RANDHAWA and more Sep 27 @ The Shed CYPRESS HILL, SPIT SYNDICATE – Sep 29 @ Metro City

OCTOBER + DIRECT INFLUENCE, TIMBRE TERRORISTS – Oct 1 @ Settlers Tavern (just Direct Influence), Oct 2 @ Indi Bar, Oct 3 @ Mojo’s KILLAQUEENZ, K-NOTE, DJ OWE, MC FORTAFY – Oct 2 @ Villa DEETRON – Oct 3 @ Geisha + PROPA TINGZ – Oct 6 @ Bar Open + REDIAL – Oct 7 @ East End GODSKITCHEN: ANDY MOOR, JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, MARCEL WOODS, WIPPENBERG – Oct 8 @ Metro City MULATU – Oct 8 @ The Bakery + FORCE MAJUERE: CTRL-Z, LAZY RICH – Oct 8 @ Ambar + MOS CLUBBERS GUIDE: ANNA LUNOE, HOOK N SLING – Oct 8 @ All Seasons Karratha, Oct 9 @ The Walkabout Port Hedland + MOS CLUBBERS GUIDE: JOHN COURSE, KLAUS HILL – Oct 8 @ Royal Palms Resort Busselton, Oct 9 @ Kalgoorlie Hotel SKISM – Oct 9 @ Bar Open SATOSHI TOMIIE – Oct 10 @ Geisha + THE TONGUE, SPIT SYNDICATE – Oct 11 @ Rocket Room, Oct 12 @ Mojo’s, Oct 13 @ Studio 146 Albany TIMO MASS – Oct 15 @ Ambar + BABYLON SYSTEM, SEVEN – Oct 15 @ Shape DEADBOY – Oct 16 @ The Bakery SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN – Oct 20 @ Rosemount DAVIDE SQUILLACE, JAMIE JONES – Oct 22 @ Villa ICE CUBE, SCORCHER – Oct 29 @ Metro City KID KENOBI – Oct 29 @ Toucan


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GIG GUIDE THU 23 Concrete Blonde Astor Theatre Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Adrian Wilson Bennys At War With Gods, Born Into Suffering Black Bettys Karin Page Botanica Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Christian Parkinson Como Htl Bob Log III, Day Of The Dead Devilles Pad Shannon Barnett Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Aaron Spiers Trio FUSE Bar Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern The DomNicks, The Wishers Llama Bar Oh Mercy, Atlas Mountains, Amanda Merzden Manhattan’s Bauxhead Merriwa Tavern Tijuana Cartel, ShockOne Metropolis Fremantle Amy Meredith, The Novocaines, Carl Fox Mojos Nth Fremantle MF & His Truckload Of Hope, Kevin Smith & The 7 Story Jumpers Mustang Bar Culture Clash Newport Htl Eli Wolfe Ningaloo Resort The Growl, Rabbit Island Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood Ash Grunwald Prince of Wales Bunbury Grand Suns, Lantana, Red Dirt, Shock Octopus Rosemount Htl Paige Trentham Settlers Tavern Margaret River David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Doctor Face & The Terrible People, Snoezelen, Bad Houses, Silent World Swan Lounge The Bluejays The Bird Still Water Giants, Meadow Leopard, Buried In Damascus, Tusk The Den Jack Dopel Quartet X-Wray Cafe

FRI 24 Audiogenic 7th Avenue Bar Bob Log III, Abbe May Amplifier Bar Chico Mann Bakery Northbridge Free Radical Bally’s Bar Bluebottles Balmoral Better Days Bentley Hotel Slim Jim & The Phatts Burswood Prize Draw Stage Frisky Business Carlisle Htl Marco & The Rhythm Boys Devilles Pad Howie Morgan Project Divers Tavern, Broome Red Star Dusk Lounge Bar Graham Wood Trio, James Flynn & The Fly Big Band Ellington Jazz Club Matt Gresham Fly By Night Fremantle In The Groove Greenwood Hotel

Toby Kalbarri Hotel Neil Collis Leisure Inn James Wilson Leopold Htl Bicton Mark Sholtez, Benedict Moleta, Rose Parker Manhattan’s J Babies Merriwa Tavern The Jezabels, Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke Mojos Nth Fremantle Oz Big Band, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Jack Byron, Dave Watkins, Brooke Wilkie Norfolk Basement Blue Gene Paddy Hannans Burswood 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires Amy Meredith Players Bar Mandurah Toy Box Priory Lodge Dongara Dardy Durry Experience, Energy Commission, Mordecai, Classless Chaps, Melma Railway Htl Sophie Jane Rivervale Htl Side FX Rocket Room Dan Kelly, Dave McCormack, Umpire, Emily Ulman Rosemount Htl Aslan Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Ben Pettit Duo Sail & Anchor Ash Grunwald, The Joe Kings Settlers Tavern Margaret River Eli Wolfe Shark Bay Htl Billy & The Broken Lines Springs Tavern Zion Trainz Swan Lounge Barcode Swinging Pig Chris Murphy The Deen Cim Ciaru, Grenade Baby Lemonade, Head Full Of Steam The Den Chris Murphy The Principle Micro Brewery Michael Strong & The Ghost Anyway, Miche Suite, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Adam James Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern The Lonely Brothers, The Whistling Dogs, The Fishwyck Brothers X-Wray Cafe

SAT 25 Amy Meredith, Carl Fox, The Novocaines Amplifier Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe James Wilson Bentley Hotel Red Star Black Bettys Trevor Jalla Trio Broken Hill Tavern Spritzer Brooklands Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore Burswood Prize Draw Stage Better Days Civic Htl Backroom The Lucky Wonders, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill Clancys Fremantle Neptunes

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Devilles Pad Howie Morgan Project Divers Tavern, Broome James Flynn & The Fly Big Band Ellington Jazz Club Toby Freemasons Htl Geraldton Ben Pettit Gate The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Darren Reid & The Soul City Groove Kingsway Tavern Greg Carter Leopold Htl Bicton Mark Sholtez, Rose Parker Manhattan’s Renegade Meekatharra Race Track Hi Nrg Metropolis Fremantle Mister & Sunbird, The Bluejays, King George, Echoes Of Django Mojos Nth Fremantle Blaze Moon & Sixpence The Rusty Pinto Combo, The Damien Cripps Band Mustang Bar Gravity Newport Htl One Thousand Lies, Stillfire, The Smiling Assassins Norfolk Basement Airbag Players Bar Mandurah Ash Grunwald, The Joe Kings Premier Hotel, Albany Toy Box Priory Lodge Dongara Make Them Suffer, Northlane, Gallows For Grace, Vanity, Sky Shark Rosemount Htl Aslan, Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Sophie Jane Rottnest Hotel The Blue Bottles Sail & Anchor Threeplay Saint Andrew Winton, Qynn Settlers Tavern Margaret River Huge Shed The Brow Horn Orchestra The Bird Mod Squad The Boat Ivan Ribic The Deen Impact Winter Reunion Show The Den Billy & The Broken Lines The Principle Micro Brewery Shinkickers The Woodbridge Hotel Bluebottles Vic Todd Woodward Wanneroo Split Seconds, The Jezabels, Dan Kelly, Bob Log III, Charlie Parr and more Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden The Shinkickers Woodbridge Htl Slim Jim & The Phatts Woodvale Tavern The Witness, Atlas Mountains, Laced Afair, Sugarpuss, Sean Thomas, James Teague, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill X-Wray Cafe At War With Gods, Born Into Suffering, Lost For Words, Break, Turning Tides, Ruthless YMCA HQ

SUN 26 Sophie Jane 150 East Riverside Bar Mia & Good Company 7th Avenue Bar

Mayhem, Naetu, Wardaemonic Amplifier Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar 2 Tenors Balmoral Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Emerald City, Loose Unit, The Sure-Fire Midnights, Ragdoll Black Bettys Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill The Celt Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl Reapers Riddle, Ill Vision, Threshold, Caprycon, Arkarion Civic Htl Backroom Iband, Chris Murphy Como Htl Howie Morgan Project Divers Tavern, Broome Karina, Amrit Sidhu Ellington Jazz Club Perth Salsa Expo Fly By Night Fremantle Helix Jazz Trio FUSE Bar Better Days, The Other Guys Gate Ben Pettit High Road Htl Riverton Ryan Webb & The Method, Namoowolf Downs, Brendan Gaspari, Salv Indi Bar Retrofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Chris Gibbs Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern The Dean Cox Trio Lakeside Shopping Centre Simon Kelly & The Lonely Wives, Dilip ‘N The Davs, The S.K.A.M Manhattan’s Renegade Meekatharra Race Track Bullzeye Merriwa Tavern Dan Kelly, Dave McCormack Mojos Nth Fremantle Acoustic Inc Moon & Sixpence Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers Mustang Bar Brutus, The Love Junkies, Blackwater Station, Lucille Newport Htl Laced Affair, Datura, Sonspilo Circus Norfolk Basement Flyte Paddy Hannans Burswood Ash Grunwald Redcliffe On Murray Aslan Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Jamie Darlington, Proud Mary Rottnest Hotel Threeplay Saint Andrew Winton Settlers Tavern Margaret River Toby Shark Bay Htl Blackheart & Strangelove South St Ale House Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Bill Chidgzey Stamford Arms Silent Republic, Lantana Swan Lounge Gang Of Three, Nat Ripepi Swinging Pig The Big Old Bears, The Lonely Brothers, Sean Thomas

The Bird Courtney Murphy The Boat Christian Thompson The Corner Stone Alehouse Free Radicals The Principle Micro Brewery Retrofit Universal Bar Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Regurgitator Walkington Theatre Karratha Damien Cripps Wanneroo Split Seconds, The Joe Kings, Charlie Parr and more Wave Rock Caravan Park, Hyden Cut Copy, AC Slater, Ajax, Anna Lunoe, Bag Raiders, Groove Armada, Gypsy & The Cat, Brodinski Wellington Square, Perth James Wilson Whistling Kite Cherry Duo Woodvale Tavern

MON 27 Regurgitator, Boys Boys Boys, Naik Amplifier Bar James Wilson Bar Orient Fremantle Chamber Jam Ellington Jazz Club John Butler Trio Mangrove Resort Hotel, Broome Charlie Parr, Bob Log III Mojos Nth Fremantle Marco & The Rhythm Kings Mustang Bar

TUE 28 Trg Trio Ellington Jazz Club Adrian Wilson, Helen Shanahan, Julius Lutero Mojos Nth Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa Mustang Bar Charlie Parr Perth Blues Club Open Irish Music Session Woodbridge Htl Open Piano Night w/ Stu Orchard X-Wray Cafe

WED 29 Crave Black Bettys The New Jamie Oehlers Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Howie Morgan Lucky Shag The Sun Orchestra, Andy Lawson Manhattan’s The Kirbens, Gabriel Lee, Donna Iverson Mojos Nth Fremantle Goodnight Tiger, Tim Gordon, Pins & Ladles Moon Cafe Flyte Mustang Bar Calectasia, Weapons Of Mass Satisfaction, The Date, Ultra Detectives Paddo Opia, Human Extinction Project, Serial Killer Smile, Copious Rosemount Htl Acoustic Open Mic Settlers Tavern Margaret River Burn Habit, Simone, Mellisa Swan Lounge The Charisma Brothers The Gypsy Caravan Toby Whalers Resturant Xave Brown Ramblers X-Wray Cafe

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THE CRUEL SEA: OCT 30 THE BLUEJAYS: SEP 23 The Bird, SEP 25 Mojo’s SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET: SEP 23 The Ellington OH MERCY: SEP 23 Manhattans, SEP 24 The East End POWDERFINGER, JET: SEP 23 & 24 Supreme Court Gardens AT WAR WITH GODS: SEP 23 Black Betty’s, SEP 25 YMCA HQ AMY MEREDITH: SEP 23 Mojo’s, SEP 24 Players Bar, SEP 25 Amplifier THE LUCKY WONDERS: SEP 23 Apple Basket Café Donnybrook, SEP 24 Robyn’s Place Donnybrook, SEP 25 Clancy’s Freo ASH GRUNWALD: SEP 23 Prince Of Wales, SEP 24 Settlers Tavern, SEP 25 Premier Hotel Albany, SEP 26 Redcliffe On The Murray TIJUANA CARTEL: SEP 23 Metropolis Fremantle, SEP 24 Prince Of Wales SEP 25 Dunsborough Tavern, SEP 27 Indi Bar BOB LOG III: SEP 23 Devilles Pad, SEP 24 Amplifier, SEP 26 Dunsborough Tavern, SEP 27 Mojo’s * ELI WOLFE: SEP 23 Ningaloo Reef Resort Coral Bay, SEP 24 Shark Bay Hotel, OCT 1 Brunswick Juntion Hotel, OCT 2 Bootleg Brewery Margaret River, OCT 3 Settlers Tavern, OCT 17 Ravenswood Hotel THE JEZEBELS: SEP 24 Mojo’s CHICO MANN: SEP 24 The Bakery, SEP 25 Maltmarket Dunsborough ASLAN: SEP 24-26 Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge DAN KELLY, DAVE MCCORMACK: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 26 Mojo’s MARK SHOLTEZ: SEP 25 & 26 Manhattan’s WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER: DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND, BOB LOG III, CHARLIE PARR, CHICO MANN, TIJUANA CARTEL, DAVE MCCORMACK, THE JEZEBELS, GRAVEYARD TRAIN, PAUL GREENE, EMILY ULMAN and more TBA SEP 25-26 Wave Rock Caravan Park MAYHEM: SEP 26 Capitol PARKLIFE: GROOVE ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, 2MANYDJS, HOLY GHOST!, THE DANDY WARHOLS, KELE, BUSY P, MEMORY TAPES, CUT COPY, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, UFFIE, CLASSIXX, THE WOMBATS, DAN

SHIHAD: NOV 25-28 BLACK, JACK BEATS, DELOREAN, DARWIN DEEZ, CHIDDY BANG, THE GLITCH MOB, NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB, MIX MASTER MIKE, BRODINSKI, THE SWISS, WOLF GANG, SINDEN, DJ MEHDI, JESSE ROSE, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS, AC SLATER, GRUM and more TBA: SEP 26 Wellington Square REGURGITATOR: SEP 26 Walkington Theatre Karratha, SEP 27 Amplifier JOHN BUTLER TRIO: SEP 27 Mangrove Resort Broome TEN PART INVENTION: SEP 27 Charles Hotel CHARLIE PARR: SEP 27 Mojo’s, SEP 28 Charles Hotel CYPRESS HILL: SEP 29 Metro City PETER HOOK’S UNKNOWN PLEASURES: SEP 30 Astor Theatre LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: SEP 30 Settlers Tavern, OCT 1 Prince Of Wales, OCT 2 Astor Theatre CROSSBONES, THE F1-ELEVENS, IRONBIRD: OCT 1 Rocket Room, OCT 2 Railway Hotel DIRECT INFLUENCE, TIMBRE TERRORISTS: OCT 1 Settlers Tavern (just Direct Influence), OCT 2 Indi Bar, OCT 3 Mojo’s BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: OCT 2 Fremantle Arts Centre MM9: OCT 2 Amplifier PETULA CLARK: OCT 2 Burswood Theatre THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: OCT 3 Challenge Stadium EMILIE SIMON, MELANIE PAIN: OCT 3 Rosemount EXODUS: OCT 5 Amplifier JONATHON “SUGARFOOT” MOFFETT: OCT 5 Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre Karrinyup AGAINST ME!: OCT 6 Capitol FLYING SCRIBBLE: OCT 6 The Bird, OCT 9 Manhattans SVENSSON: OCT 7 Norfolk Basement (Steve Axel B solo), OCT 8 Kulcha, OCT 9 Rocket Room ONE MOVEMENT TWILIGHT FESTIVAL: SARAH MCLACHLAN,

COURT YARD HOUNDS, KATE MILLERHEIDKE, PAUL KELLY, TODD RUNDGREN’S JOHNSON, PINK MARTINI, LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD, KADANGYAN and more: OCT 8 Perth Esplanade ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC: XAVIER RUDD, GRINSPOON, KARNIVOOL, CHILDREN COLLIDE, BRITISH INDIA, OPERATOR PLEASE, DRAPHT, CLOUD CONTROL, SALLY SELTMANN, GYPSY & THE CAT, AN HORSE, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, PARADES, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BOY & BEAR, THE MELODICS, TIM & JEAN, THE HOLIDAYS, THE ONLY, THE PAPER SCISSORS, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, THE CHEMIST, STONEFIELD, BEN KWELLER, SHAPESHIFTER, DENGUE FEVER, ZE!, DELTA SPIRIT, VIA TANIA, RAGHU DIXIT, JONNEINE ZAPATA, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, KORA, THE TELEPHONES, MELODRAMAS, LIZ GREEN, GET DEXTER, THE GREAT SPY EXPERIMENT, MIAMI HORROR, BIURET, DAN SULTAN, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, PASSENGER, DZHAM, COLIN MOORE, RUBYLUX, THE RESPECTABLES, FINAL FLASH, LOST SOULS CLUB, THE TREWS, THE CIRCUS, TWO HOURS TRAFFIC, DRAWN FROM BEES, OKA, THE JEZABELS, CAMERAS, METALS, BLOODPOETS, MM9, BIG SCARY, THE AUDREYS, PIKELET, BLACKCHORDS, SKYBOMBERS, DANIEL RATTA, PAPA VS PRETTY, PEZ, ERNEST ELLIS and more TBA OCT 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: Perth Esplanade, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds MALATU: OCT 8 The Bakery SUN ARAW: OCT 9 The Bakery CODE ONE SHOWCASE: JEFF MARTIN, DEAD LETTER CHORUS, THE TREWS, FINAL FLASH, MATTHEW BARBER, COLIN MOORE: OCT 9 Fly by Night BASEMENT BIRDS: OCT 9 & 10 Chesters Winery PARAMORE, RELIENT K, THE JURY & THE SAINTS: OCT 10 Challenge Stadium GROUPER: OCT 10 The Bakery SMASHING PUMPKINS, CITY RIOTS: OCT 12 PCEC Riverside Theatre


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EPIPHONE SLASH APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION LES PAUL Arriving in October, this limited edition guitar is going to sell out very fast! Comes complete with Slash hard case and certificate personally autographed by Slash himself! Preorder at Logans Music (0297442400 www.loganspianos.com.au

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The Butler Mastering has just moved to a brand new studio on bustling Norton Street in Sydney’s inner suburbs. To help celebrate we are offering some very special pricing... EP $240 / ALBUM $520 We are as passionate about your music as you are, and guarantee our work for a reason. Contact us at info@thebutler.com or check us out on the web... the-butler.com iFlogID: 8165

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FENDER JOHN 5 ACOUSTIC GUITAR The master of shred, John 5 unleashes his more subtle side with this awesome guitar. Small body, florentine cutaway with pickup. RRP$999 Logans Price $650 Logans Music Burwood (02)9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au AUTHORISED FENDER DEALER

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DRUMS

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FENDER SQUIRE AFFINITY P BASS Precision bass body. Great first bass or as a backup instrument be quick these won’t last (2 only) CRAZY PRICE $259 Logans Music Burwood(02)97442400 www. loganspianos.com.au AUTHORISED FENDER DEALER

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In a band? Putting on a show? Have an upcoming exhibition? Releasing a film? Than we might be able to help you out..... Clk Click’s Spring Offer! Well it’s spring time, and that means it’s time to dust off some of those cobwebs and get your business in order. We here at Clk Click Publicity have a Spring Offer for all you musos, artists and film makers that will give your project a little boost, and leave you some spare change for the upcoming festival season! For a very limited time Clk Click Publicity will create a professional Bio and Press Release for your band, exhibition or film for only $200! If you would like us to put together a full press kit we will do this for just $800. We can also organise band photos and logo creation for a very reasonable price. Furthermore, if you’re interested in finding out about our full range of publicity services, we’d love the opportunity to have a chat with you and put together a proposal for your next release, event or tour. We look forward to working with you! The Clk Click Publicity Team: W: www. clkclickpublicity.com | E: info@clkclickpublicity.com iFlogID: 5312

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Melbourne’s hottest new rock band Envy has released their EP Images For The Lonely to Itunes. Check out this exciting live act at The Espy, Gershwin Room on Sunday October

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As Engineers/Producers our passion is to create tracks that give the listener a hard hitting, fresh sound that sonically sounds PHAT and pushes the boundaries of what music currently sounds like in Australia, which stands up amongst the international market. WE SPECIALIZE IN HIP HOP/R&B BUT LOVE ALL GENRES. We’re located at Level 7 studios and the studio is decorated in some of the most appreciated vintage and modern gear which provides our clients an incomparable advantage in the sense of both the analogue and digital domains. Artists we’ve worked with include: Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Kanye West, INXS, Black Wallstreet and a myriad of local artists such as Hyjak, Potbelleez, Vice Verser, Thundamentals, Fame, Tycotic, Rai Thistlewaite (Thirsty Merc), Wendy Mathews, Gin Wigmore, Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Carl Riseley, Hoodoo Gurus, Wes Carr, You Am I, and many more. Contact us on 0424 462 945 and check out myspace.com/mixinthelab iFlogID: 6186

PHOTOGRAPHY DANE BEESLEY PHOTOGRAPHY If rock n roll is the collected voices of the outsiders, then Dane’s camera; its Egglestonian frankness, immediacy, and oft-kilter worldview, is their microphone. www.photodane.com iFlogID: 7874

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We are experienced risk takers that not only know the rules, but also know when and how to break them! We have been engineering and mixing for over 15 years and have worked in Sydney’s top studios. We also have our own Mixing/Production studio called The LAB, located at the famous Level 7 studios which is decorated in some of the most appreciated vintage and modern gear in combination of a myriad of assorted software and plug-ins that provides our clients an incomparable advantage in the sense of both the analogue and digital domains. THIS IN COMBINATION WITH MANY STUDIO CONTACTS AROUND TOWN, YOUR PROJECT WILL SOUND GREAT AND PROFESSIONAL WHILST WORKING WITHIN A BUDGET!! For a full list of our credits see myspace.com/ mixinthelab. Contact us on 0424 462 945 or Email at thelab1@hotmail.com Yaman Music Production for Artists & Businesses offers music production services to artists mainly EP’s, albums, demos and full backing tracks all airplay quality by European music producer and music composer Tom Chwieduk. EMail: info@yaman.com.au | www.yaman. com.au iFlogID: 7965

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RECORDING STUDIOS Mastering is one of the most critical stages in the recording process. Matthew Gray Mastering - world class mastering from where you are, right now. Online mastering special rate of $99 (ex GST) per song. Visit matthewgraymastering.com.

with top gear and great sound, has worked with many Australian & international artists. Improvisation, rock, pop, blues, world music, experimental, avant-garde...even slide violin! Creative, spiritual musician, plays with passion. No habits. Paid work only please. Can double on guitar. iFlogID: 6564

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BASSIST WANTED! Singer and Guitarist (aged 21) looking for Bassist and Drummer to form rock outfit. Based in Central Sydney. Over 100 songs written and ready to gig on a serious level. Contact August 0404166433 or e-mail at kaibywells@yahoo.co.uk iFlogID: 7784

Contact details needed for Andrew Judd - previously living in Newtown and former bass player of Sydney band, Tsunami (circa. late 90s). Former muso friend would like to reconnect. Any help much appreciated. Email - remmosk@gmail.com iFlogID: 7756

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HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT Stage-fright is a big issue for many people. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t enjoy or

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Bassist wanted to join melodic metal band with death/black/thrash influence. Must be determined, skilled and have own gear and transport. Easygoing but professional environment. Ages 18-30 Wollongong/ Sydney based. Influences: Dimmu, Old man’s child, arch enemy, children of bodom, immortal, megadeth, slayer, amon amarth etc. Interest gained nationally and internationally with distribution deals on offer for the band. Great opportunity. www. myspace.com/asmodaiaus or email asmodai_aus@hotmail.com

DRUMMER

We seek guitar players who are looking to earn money teaching guitar. Training and teaching materials are supplied. Teach from one of our schools or your own location. Limited positions available. Visit www.g4guitar.com.au for details.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist creating a new original project hoping to find someone using GarageBand to exchange files and collaborate with. Must have great sound, ability to play with vibe - groove. BV’s a bonus. Check out: http://www. myspace.com/remmosk If interested, pls contact “remmosk@ gmail.com”

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production and recording lined up... call aidan 0401625915 or email aidanmp@brayke.com

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Sydney Mexican Mariachi band requires guitarists who have experience in playing Spanish or Latin music. Please contact Marc on 0415 073 306. For more info see our website: mariachiaustralia.com. au and MySpace: myspace.com/ marcsantillana

MUSIC PRODUCTION TUITION 1. Master Audio and MIDI. 2. Ten Years Experience in the Industry Tutor. 3. Weekdays or Weekends, Flexible. 4. Learn with Up to Date Technology. 5. Intensive Theory and Practical Sessions. 6. Individual Student Hands-On Practice. 7. Only $30 per hour. contact me on vangelis2133@yahoo.com or on 0449672435 between 8 a:m and 2 p:m or after 6 p:m.

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IDENTITY CRISIS WITH THE IMPENDING RELEASE OF GRANT MORRISON’S BATMAN, INC. THROUGH DC COMICS, MITCH KNOX TRIES TO ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION THAT HAS PLAGUED SUPERVILLAINS SINCE 1939: WHO IS BATMAN? around the DC Universe (DCU). Wait – maybe this needs some context.

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t’s an easy enough question, surely. Even children know the answer. Batman is Bruce Wayne; billionaire and philanthropist. Bruce Wayne; playboy-for-show and tortured soul, haunted by the parents violently taken from him far too young. Bruce Wayne; martial arts expert, tactical genius, world-class detective, and once described by Superman as “the most dangerous man on Earth.” Batman is Bruce Wayne. Or at least, he was. Then he wasn’t: Bruce Wayne was dead; then a caveman, a pioneer, a pirate, and a cowboy. Soon, he’ll be a film-noir style drifter and then Batman again, but so will Dick Grayson, and – if comics-industry rumblings are any indication – a lot of other people

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Grant Morrison is a man with a vision. The man is a renowned fixer among the ranks of contemporary comic book writers, and if he’s not, he really should be. Historically, he’s made a career of taking things that are getting old and stale and making them fresh and awesome. It’s his modus operandi. Need proof? Read his Justice League Of America material from the early ’90s, from which the above Superman quote is taken. Read his work on All-Star Superman, repeatedly cited – by people who usually hate anything to do with Big Blue – as being really, really damn good. Check out New X-Men, when they ditched the yellow

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FRIDAY 24 Semi-Permanent – one of Australia’s most esteemed design showcases, this year featuring guest speakers Leif Podhajsky, Beastman, Claire Martin, and Tin&Ed. The Bakery, Northbridge.

SATURDAY 25 Fascination Street – arts, music, and fashion come together for a mini-festival kicking off a month-long exhibition. X-Wray Café, Fremantle. The Room – final screening of this Tommy Wiseau masterpiece/ disasterpiece. If you haven’t yet seen it, DO IT; if you have, this is your last time to throw spoons in public (and not look like an idiot). Luna Leederville, 11pm. The Sleeping Beauty – West Australian Ballet take on Tchaikovsky’s immortal The Sleeping Beauty. Closing night. Burswood Theatre. Jack & Jill – a family tragedy brings a brother and sister back together, even though they’ve never met. When the sister introduces her brother to her friends they make him the subject of their next project, in a bid to transform his identity. Closing night. Blue Room Theatre.

MONDAY 27 Luna Monday Double – back-to-

back screenings of Chris Morris’ terrorism comedy Four Lions and Australian drama The Waiting City. Luna Leederville, 7:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 29 Reel Anime – final day to see the latest anime blockbusters including Neon Genesis Evangelion 2. Luna Leederville.

ONGOING Black Light – exhibition of artworks by Alexander Boynes that merges street art and traditional printmaking techniques. In the artist’s words, “this suspended state – of falling, frailty, struggle, and dancing – reflects my thoughts on the changes and instabilities that are around me.” LK Galleries, Subiaco until 30 September. Colours Of Our Country – exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Pilbara region of WA, now in its fifth year. 57 artists will showcase 232 paintings, artefacts, and textiles – all of which is for sale, with proceeds going to artists and art groups in Pilbara. Rio Tinto Central Park Foyer, St. Georges Terrace until 2 October. A Collection Of Organised Spaces, Part II – an ongoing project that investigates constructed imagery by Jacqueline Ball. Gallery Central, Northbridge until 6 October.

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Wayne, which started to hit shelves earlier this year. When that wraps up next month, Morrison is launching the craziest – and frankly, most worrying – chapter in the Bat-Saga to date: Batman, Inc. (art by Yanick Paquette). Apparently, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Bruce is going to franchise out the Bat-Brand to a bunch of similarly-themed heroes around the world, like Britain’s Knight and Squire and Argentina’s El Gaucho, and build himself a Bat-Army of which he will be the General. Grayson will also remain Batman, presumably watching over Gotham, while Bruce’s Batman is off recruiting and training all the other Batmans (or is it Batmen?). Sure, it worked for Buffy, but Batman is a symbol of his city as much as he is an individual; you can take the

Bat out of Gotham, but you can’t take Gotham out of the Bat. Moreover, the sudden corporate-style shilling of the name seems totally contrary to Batman’s historic place as the primary vigilant guardian of one of the scummiest cities on the planet. While Morrison hasn’t yet really put a foot wrong in his revitalisation of the character, you can’t help but wonder if this is maybe just not the change he needed. It’s Spartacus all over again. “Who are you?!” “I’m Batman.” “No, I’m Batman.” “…No, I’m Batman.” Christ, that’s grim. Here’s sincerely hoping Morrison knows what he is doing. WHAT: Batman, Inc. (DC Comics, out November)

WALL STREET II

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

In this emotionless, overbaked, and way-too-long film, Michael Douglas reprises the role of Gordon Gekko, who has finally been released from jail (having been put away for insider trading). His daughter (an underused Carey Mulligan) wants nothing to do with him, but her fiancé, a go-getter young stockbroker (Shia LeBeouf) is drawn to this real-life ’80s Guy.

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fiery, brooding and lethal son of Bruce and League of Assassins heiress Talia al Ghul. Following the Batman & Son arc, Morrison returned with 2008’s The Black Glove and Batman R.I.P sagas, which dealt heavily in Bruce’s past and featured a mysterious criminal organisation attempting to destroy everything the Caped Crusader stands for and holds dear, before he steered the company-wide Final Crisis (2008-’09) event toward its highly-publicised conclusion: the death of Batman. When Bruce Wayne apparently kicked it at the end of Darkseid’s Omega Sanction beam – the so-called ‘death that is life’ – it signalled the end of an era for Batman. It was huge. Grayson, Batman’s first Robin, reluctantly assumed the mantle after a struggle with crazy-ass former Boy Wonder Jason Todd and took on Damian Wayne as his new sidekick in the pages of Morrison’s Batman And Robin. It features typical Morrison quirks; it’s overtly a reversal of the usual dynamic between the duo, with Grayson’s Batman being the lighter and more affable of the two, reflecting his colourful teen sidekick roots, while Damian’s Robin is dark, menacing, and conflicted – his father’s son (and the best addition to the DCU in recent memory). Also, their Batmobile flies. Younger readers could’ve been happy growing up with these two under the masks, and adults would always have their fond memories of Bruce but still be able to embrace the new. Alas; as with the grand majority of comic book deaths (sorry, Uncle Ben), it couldn’t last and soon Bruce – who wasn’t dead, just LOST IN TIME – was clawing his way back to the present in Morrison’s The Return of Bruce

REVIEWS

In the wake of the GFC, decorated director Oliver Stone has created Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to his 1987 film Wall Street. It’s the first time Oliver Stone has ever made a sequel to any of his films, and it proves one clear fact beyond a doubt: Oliver Stone should not make sequels to his films.

CALLING OCCUPANTS OF PERTH… It’s not really a question of whether you like David Bowie – the question really is which version of David Bowie you like the most. The many facets of the musician will be paid tribute to at the upcoming Ziggy: The Songs Of David Bowie, a musical journey through the life of the Thin White Duke by Helpmann award winner iOTA, Jeff Duff, Noiseworks founder Steve Balbi, and Brydon Stace. From Heroes to The Rise And Fall, this theatrical showcase should tie over the hoards of fans until we’re graced by the Man himself (which should be soon, surely). Ziggy performs at the Burswood Theatre Friday 26 November. Tickets through Ticketek.

spandex for the leather look that was in the films where Wolverine cracks wise about it because Hugh Jackman is just charming enough to pull that kind of thing off. Morrison’s treatment of Doom Patrol and Animal Man saved some of the most poorly used characters in the DCU from total obscurity. The man gets shit done. Morrison is no stranger to the Batman mythos. In 1989, his Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth put the Batman character in one of the most disturbing and overtly sexually-repressed lights to date. It was a pretty harrowing read thanks to Dave McKean’s haunting painting style – but sweet Jesus, was it good. But then, obviously, other projects took over and Morrison wasn’t able to accomplish what everyone knew he could in the Bat-Universe. Fast-forward to 2005, and Batman was getting kind of stale. He was becoming too paranoid, too angry; too un-relatable. He had satellites and surveillance measures that were creepy more than they were practical. He fell out with Superman and Wonder Woman and went MIA to find himself in the mountains for a year during DC’s averagely received but inarguably ambitious 52. Whatever; in 2006, when Grant Morrison took over duties as scribe of the flagship monthly Batman title, there was much cause to rejoice. A big part of Morrison’s ability to take things that are old and busted and turn them into the new hotness is the fact he has no regard for the status quo. For Batman, the first of many shake-ups Morrison had planned came in the form of a long forgotten character that appeared once in 1987 and then was retconned out of existence: young Damian Wayne, the

The film is confused and overcomplicated, bandying around endless finance terms with little explanation. However, a complex plot can sometimes be saved by

fantastic characters. Sadly, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps doesn’t have any. Stone seemingly has no interest in developing any of the potentially fascinating characters that he’s created. He raises interesting questions, such as why Mulligan’s Winnie would fall for a man who is essentially the modern version of the father she despises, but then consummately fails to explore the answers, preferring to descend into clichéd platitudes about the importance of family (and money). Overt symbolism tires out the film, with extensive, overly obvious visual sequences that are almost too heavy handed for words. As the GFC breaks, children blow bubbles in the park (“We live in a bubble economy! Everything is fleeting!”), while at a banquet, Stone indulges in endless shots of women wearing diamond jewellery (“We are weighted down by the trappings of our lifestyle!”). Money never sleeps, but you will. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALEKSIA BARRON

DESPICABLE ME

DESPICABLE ME Let’s get whimsical! Despicable Me follows a supervillain, Gru (Steve Carell with a fabulous Eastern Bloc accent) who is falling on hard times. Younger, hungrier villains such as the nerdy Vector (Jason Segel) are getting all the attention, forcing Gru to concoct the dastardliest plan of all – stealing the moon. In order to obtain the necessary shrink-ray (to shrink the moon, of course), Gru adopts three love-starved orphan girls who, naturally, help him see that there’s more to life than being the biggest baddie. It sounds sweeter than sugar pie, but luckily, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud give the film enough of an oddball feel to counteract the honeyed storyline. What gives Despicable Me an edge over so many films from the animated avalanche is its simple, highly visual humour. There are no double entendres, and very few of

those multi-layered jokes designed to go over the kids’ heads while the adults have a quiet chuckle. (There’s nothing wrong with catering for the inevitable parent demographic, but the later Shrek films, for instance, seemed solely concerned with seeing how many dirty jokes could be slipped in before it got weird.) Instead, the storyline is clear, even wholesome, with the gags largely of the visual variety – the old Loony Tunes style is heavily sampled here, to great comic effect. There’s not a lot to this film – it’s a pleasant story, beautifully executed and peppered with some genuine giggles, mostly thanks to Gru’s minions (who owe a lot to Toy Story’s three-eyed aliens). However, it does represent that rare achievement: a genuine kids’ film which is entertaining enough to keep the adults on board. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALEKSIA BARRON


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THE QUEEN OF WISHFUL DRINKING

ANITA CONNORS CHATS TO BRITISH FUNNYMAN OMID DJALILI ABOUT HIS NEW FILM THE RELUCTANT INFIDEL.

If you’re a 45-year-old man chances are there’s someone that’s been the object of your fantasies for the majority of your life. Caught on yet? We’re talking about Carrie Fisher, and no, we don’t need to remind you of what we’re referring to. With a career that spans to awesome and beyond, including roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and The ’Burbs – and most recently in 30 Rock – as well as that trilogy that’s kind of a big deal, Fisher has also made a name for herself as an author and playwright, including her Broadway production Wishful Drinking, which deals with her addictions and bipolar disorder. Fisher herself will be bringing this autobiographical play to Australia, arriving in Perth to play Regal Theatre Monday 15 November to Thursday 18.

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THE CRAZIES Roadshow Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock from Deadwood) was born to play a no-nonsense sheriff, with his furrowed brow, steely eyes and tight lantern jaw. In The Crazies, he’s David Dutten, peacekeeper in the tiny American town of Ogden Marsh. There’s something in the water, and when the townsfolk start exhibiting strange behaviour like bringing a shotgun to a baseball game (isn’t that a normal Sunday in middle America?) Dutten learns of a crashed plane with a mysterious cargo that downed in the river upstream. It’s then that the dudes in the E.T. suits and gasmasks turn up, round up the residents into wire-fenced corrals and start strapping people to beds – but meanwhile, a gaggle of cackling, glassy-eyed hillbillies are laying waste to everything in sight with pitchforks, shotguns, buzzsaws, farm machinery, and any other classic redneck tools that come to hand. The sheriff’s small and doughty band of survivors must get the hell out of Dodge... Director Breck Eisner has done a solid job of remaking George A Romero’s 37-year-old classic, capturing the tone of ‘70s horror movies very well, but with modern production values. There are some genuinely scary moments, and some well-paced tension. We’re right behind Dutten and his deputy (Joe Anderson), his pregnant doctor wife (Radha Mitchell), and her assistant (Danielle Panabaker) because Eisner allows us to be – Olyphant is charismatic and his hero figure is pitched just the right side of everyman. Romero’s ‘movie with a message’ mandate is carried over here into the present day, and its biohazard paranoia theme seems perhaps even more fitting now than it did in ’73. BAZ MCALISTER

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WITH ALEKSIA BARRON The AFL Grand Final takes place on Saturday, and it tends to act as something of a death knell for every location in Perth that doesn’t boast cheap tap beer and a plasma screen. However, for anyone not particularly invested in the Saints versus Pies showdown, there are several entertainment options available on 25 September for people seeking a cultural experience a little more enriching than 44 men squabbling over an oddly-shaped ball. The best bit is that since the majority of the local population will be fixated on the nearest big-screen TV, you’ll likely score better seats in less crowded venues than normal! The WA Ballet’s super-sweet production of The Sleeping Beauty has one lucky-last matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Sure, it’s more saccharine than Diet Coke and the set could be described as “flower porn”, but it showcases some exceptional dancing and proves that Perth can hold its own on the worldwide arts stage with a production complete with all the trimmings. Of course, if you prefer your dance performances to be a bit edgier, you could look into Complexions Contemporary Ballet (His Majesty’s Theatre), also closing on Saturday. It’s that modern kind of shirtless ballet, featuring a soundtrack ranging from Rachmaninov to a particularly inspired U2 medley. Also closing this Saturday is the latest Blue Room Theatre offering, Jack And Jill. This challenging but incredibly intriguing production looks at what happens when a young man from a rural town comes to the big city to see the half-sister he’s never met, whose artiste housemates sense the opportunity to take advantage of him and turn him into their next “project”, in a dangerous and

amoral game. It’s about as far from staid, traditional theatre as you can get, so take advantage of its final performance. If the stage doesn’t float your boat, perhaps the Reel Anime Festival at Luna Leederville will pique your interest. This specialty festival is only getting bigger, having kicked off on Thursday 16 September to run for a massive two weeks until Wednesday 29. For those seeking respite from Grand Final Fever, you can’t do much better than this Saturday’s screening of the second film in the Evangelion rebuild, Evangelion 2.0: You Can [Not] Advance. Check out lunapalace.com. au for more information. Alternatively, lose yourself in a gallery for a few hours while the hoi polloi crowd around the box. Love Of Diagrams at PICA brings together works by eight artists of varying nationalities, using a variety of media to explore ideas through diagrammatic techniques. The boundary dividing technical drawing and art is a fine one, and this exhibition looks at this interaction between the inherently logical and the transcendent. So, if the Grand Final doesn’t rock your cotton socks, there’s plenty of cultural excitement to be found around town to keep you entertained. What will I, your faithful, artistically inclined columnist be doing? Oh, I’ll be watching the footy. I freakin’ love AFL. And I plan to watch the game in style, since the Event Cinemas in Innaloo (formerly known as Greater Union) will be screening the AFL Grand Final live in 3D. Oh yeah, you heard me right. See it in Gold Class in the world’s most comfortable seats, with complimentary beer and nachos. I may be succumbing to the opiate of the Australian masses, but at least I’ll be doing so in the classiest setting possible.

had told David Baddiel [scriptwriter, The Reluctant Infidel] very stupidly that I usually get my ideas as a stand-up comedian when I go to really bad stand-up comedians. I secretly go there, and the worse they are the better ideas I get. In fact, the really bad comedians inspire great ideas in me. “And he said to me, ‘That’s really interesting ’cause I had a great idea watching you the other night.’” Omid Djalili laughs as he recalls the inspiration for his latest film The Reluctant Infidel. “He didn’t know who I was. He just said, ‘Well, who is this guy? He’s funny, but, I don’t know, is he Jewish, he said he’s Iranian, is he Iranian Jew? Is he Iranian Muslim? What is he?’ “David himself, he tells a funny story about how he’s been beaten up twice in his life, once for being Jewish and once for being Pakistani. He’s a very dark-looking Jew who could look Pakistani. So he just thought, here is an interesting idea. So he pitched the idea to me and I think it is one of the best film pitches. You know, brevity is the soul of wit. ‘A Muslim finds out he’s a Jew’ was such a great premise.” In the film Djalili plays Mahmud Nasir, an ordinary, small business owner who accidentally discovers that he was adopted. Not only that, his birth parents were Jewish. Shenanigans erupt as he undergoes an identity crisis, of which only his Jewish neighbour Lenny Goldberg (Richard Schiff) is privy to. Hiding his finding from his wife Saamiya (Emmy Award winner Archie Panjabi) and children, things come to a head when the Muslim fundamentalist Arshad El Masri (Yigal Naor) comes to visit. “[Mahmud has] been described as a Muslim Homer Simpson,” Djalili says. “That’s never happened before, you know; he’s fat, beer swilling, sweary. He’s like a Brit, he’s like all the worst things about being British, I suppose, in a Muslim character. Muslims have really taken it to heart. I think it’s because it’s the first time we’ve seen a Muslim-Everyman.” Having been released in the UK several months ago, initial responses have been positive.

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“Jews have had a couple of issues with it. But by and large, the film played in Jewish areas very strongly; it was sold out for weeks with Jewish audiences. And the fact that a number of synagogues in London did special screenings of it, shows that the Jewish community embraced it. And I think the comedy community really took the film to its heart in the sense that there was no questioning that the film was very well intentioned and the humour came from a very good place. And most people just thought it was funny. I think it’s been better received than I would have expected.” Although this is Djalili’s first lead role, he is no newcomer to acting; he’s been in everything from The Mummy to Casanova to Sex And The City 2. “Whenever I’ve done a film part, because it’s never been a big part, usually an underwritten part, I got known in Hollywood actually as the guy who can fix parts that are underwritten. So I wasn’t used to someone writing a whole lead role. And because David Baddiel had become a friend, he captured my voice quite well. “His script seemed to me like a symphony. I used to read his script like a really jealous Salieri looking at a Mozart composition and thinking, a) I should have written this, and b) as an actor I’m like a musician; [I] just have to hit the right notes and just get the comedy out of what he’s written.” The message behind the film also drew him to the project. “I’m Bahá’í, and I believe all religions come from the same god and they’re different chapters of the same book. And if Richard Dawkins is a nine out of ten atheist then David Baddiel is a ten out of ten atheist. He’s one of those atheists who’s not anti-religion; he thinks religion can be quite nice, but can’t understand why there’s so much violence and fighting.

“So we both came at it from different angles but with exactly the same conclusions. We’re comedians and we want to do something funny, and we believe that if you can laugh at the subject first then it’s a precursor to actually overcoming the issue intellectually. So we felt the whole Muslim-Jew thing was something that we should find some humour out of it. “But I suppose from a message point of view we both felt that, a) it was a film that talked about the unity of religions and, I suppose, the similarities of religions, whereas people have really concentrated on the differences; and, b) the second, I think most important message of the movie,” he continues, starting to laugh, “is don’t lie to your wife; don’t withhold information from your wife because she’s going to find out and it’s going to comeback and bite you in the arse anyway. So that was the more important message.” The comedian has also just started work on a new stand-up show, which he hopes to bring to Australia late next year. It’s going “remarkably and bafflingly well.” “I get asked to do all kinds of things all the time,” he says. “They’re always asking me to do stand-up comedy shows. Prince Charles asks me to do things for him all the time; it’s pretty funny. Every week there seems to be something, the Prince’s Trust or Prince Charles himself wants me to host things and introduce him. I should be his pocket MC, he always likes the way I introduce him. I started writing jokes for him as well. There was a joke about how he loved architecture; he’s written a book about architecture but he won’t publish it because he doesn’t want to be known as the architect formerly known as Prince.” WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now

GIVEAWAY! The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book in the ‘Millennium’ series by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, which has been adapted into a hugely successful film franchise. Following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire will release in Australian cinemas 23 September. Thanks to Rialto Distribution we’ve got a prize pack to giveaway, including a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD to bring you up to scratch, The Girl Who Played With Fire book so you can argue which is better, a branded T-shirt to bring in the summer in fanstyle, and double pass to see TGWPWF, because that’s why we’re here. Nine runner-ups will recieve a double pass to The Girl Who Played With Fire. For your chance to win, email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “I PLAY WITH FIRE” in the subject line.

INSPIRED REINVENTIONS OF DONETO-DEATH GENRES BY JOHN EAGLE 1. Bonnie And Clyde (1967) – the American outlaw film gets a new wave makeover. 2. Thelma And Louise (1990) – the road movie as a feminist tract. 3. The Pledge (2000) – a serial killer film in which the worst horrors are internal. 4. Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) – a comedy-drama where jokes are juxtaposed with consequence-free murder. 5. Antonio Das Mortes (1969) – the ‘lone assassin’ cliché meets the operatic psychedelia of Brazilian cinema novo. 6. Hoop Dreams (1994) – a sports documentary which illuminates the Afro-American urban underclass. 7. The Killer Inside Me (2010) – the lust-noir sub-genre arrives in the 21st Century. THE DRUM MEDIA 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 • 53


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ne of the newest arts event teams in Perth, Set The Pace are set to show their wares this weekend when Fascination Street takes over X-Wray Café in Fremantle. Combining music, fashion, and visual arts, the ninehour show is a massive undertaking for the duo, Luka Dickmann and Camila vi Machado. “It’s a project for TAFE,” Dickmann says. “Camila and I are studying Arts Administration but TAFE aren’t actually having any input into design or anything. It’s Arts Administration so [we had to do a show] in the arts field and I’ve got lots of links into the local music scene. Camila jumped on board and we made it arts and music because we wanted to support our local fashionistas, artists, photographers, and music people.” Dickmann and vi Machado first began brainstorming the event in March. In April, planning began for what would make up Fascination Street. It’s been a steep learning curve for them as they’ve had to learn everything about event management as they’ve gone along. “This is our first event so we’ve had to do every step of the way from scratch,” Dickmann says. “We don’t

have any pre-existing model or anything to go by.” From the outset the goal was to combine as many local artists in a range of fields, bringing together as many mediums as possible for the show. “The bands we either knew or were suggested to us by Fremantle Records,” Dickmann says, “or other people suggested to us and we asked to come along and play. All the artists are friends of mine that I thought really deserved to have their work shown. None of them haven’t had an exhibition outside of their study and one of them [Klare Buckingham], most of our friends don’t even know she does stencil art.” The art on display is drawn from three artists – photographer Lottie Moore, fashion designer Emma Hicken, and stencil artist Klare Buckingham. The work will be displayed in the café for a month but this Saturday will showcase the music of Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, James Teague, Laced Affair, Sugarpuss, Sean Thomas, and The Atlas Mountains, along with DJs as Fascination Street climaxes with an hour long set from The Witness. “We’re planning to have other

Fascination Streets with different artists each time where people would go to see new awesome stuff,” Dickmann explains. “We wanted to do other art gigs with bands collaborating with artists or artists exhibiting on the same night so they get more coverage. It’s hard for visual artists to get exhibitions but if they get the opportunity to put their stuff up for one night and a whole bunch of people see it then that’s obviously very awesome for them and it’s kind of unique in terms of the gig.” Planning for the next one hasn’t begun yet, but the duo already have the beginnings sketched out and

plenty of offers from artists wanting to be involved. “It’s been so crazy. We’ve had people since we consolidated the line up asking if they can be part of it and we’ve just had to write their names down for the next one. We know that we’re going to continue changing venues just because they have their own restrictions but also for the different locations. But we haven’t consolidated any acts or artists.” WHAT: Fascination Street WHERE & WHEN: X-Wray Café, Fremantle Saturday 25 September

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